According to a report from the Telegraph, following Man City’s UEFA appeal victory on Monday morning, manager Pep Guardiola looks set to target three summer signings – including Napoli stalwart Kalidou Koulibaly.
Koulibaly, who has started 19 Serie A games under Gennaro Gattuso this season, is currently one of the most highly sought-after defensive assets in Europe – with City believed to be firmly eyeing a swoop for the 29-year-old stalwart.
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The Senegalese international, who currently commands a reported fee of around £72.5 million, is said to be one of the Sky Blues’ main summer targets as Guardiola plans to kickstart the rebuild following our successful CAS appeal.
Indeed, as announced earlier in the week, Man City did not disguise equity funding as sponsorship contributions but did fail to cooperate with the UEFA authorities – resulting in our two-year European ban being overturned along with a reduced fine.
Now, in the wake of this announcement which sent Sky Blue supporters into raptures, the club have wasted no time in plotting their next move according to the Telegraph – with Guardiola and co reportedly stepping up their chase for Koulibaly among other targets.
The £191,000-per-week colossus, labelled as ‘extraordinary‘ by ex-rival goalkeeper Pepe Reina, has a sterling reputation for being one of the best centre backs on the continent – and City are eager to plug gaping defensive holes as we prepare for next season’s title race.
Acquiring a star defender could also allow Fernandinho take up his usual position in front of the back four, where he contributed enormously to our 2018/2019 domestic quadruple-winning campaign.