Date: 25th June 2020 at 12:00pm
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According to a report from journalist Duncan Castles on the Transfer Window Podcast, Man City target Kalidou Koulibaly looks like he is ‘definitely‘ leaving Napoli this summer – with the Sky Blues apparently having a ‘strong chance‘ to sign the defender. 

Indeed, as per Castles, Koulibaly is being tipped to join City as Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso has been told he will almost certainly be on his way out of the Stadio San Paolo.

As the Serie A side allegedly prepare to find a replacement centre-back, City are apparently clear favourites to land Koulibaly, with figures ‘close‘ to the player theorising a move to Eastlands is the most likely outcome.

Should City spend £89m to sign Koulibaly?

Yes, absolute colossus

Yes, absolute colossus

No, too old

No, too old

The 29-year-old defender, who has started 15 Serie A games for Napoli this season, has been heavily linked with a move away over these last two months – but chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis will apparently remain stubborn on his €100 million (£89 million) asking price regardless of the recent pandemic.

Approaching the twilight stages of his career, it is debatable whether the Senegalese stalwart is indeed worth that huge fee, even despite City’s need for a centre-half who will allow Fernandinho to take up his usual position in midfield.

The £193,000-per-week colossus, according to WhoScored, averages more tackles domestically than any Sky Blues player – potentially supporting the theory he would add real robustness to Pep Guardiola’s team.

However, while his ability is evident, the fact he is dawning on 30-years-old could be cause for concern when thinking about a potential buy – especially considering his huge price.

 
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