According to an exclusive report from le10sport, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has seemingly ruled out a move to Paris-Saint German this summer – with this news claiming that the Senegalese stalwart fancies a move elsewhere, potentially to the Premier League.
Koulibaly, who has started 14 Serie A games this season for the Italian side according to WhoScored, is currently at the centre of transfer speculation linking him to either one of the two Manchester clubs – with both City and United firmly in the hunt for his signature according to this report.
Now, with Koulibaly essentially ruling out a move to Ligue 1, the Sky Blues may have received a significant boost in potentially landing the 28-year-old – who has been valued in the past at an eye-watering €100 million (£87.7 million).
Indeed, judging by the Senegal international’s stellar reputation, it appears if Napoli were to let him go, it won’t be on the cheap – even despite the fact that he is steadily approaching the latter stages of his career.
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Koulibaly, particularly in Italy, has garnered a formidable name for himself across six seasons in Naples – with Serie A writer Chloe Beresford revealing to the BBC that ex-boss Carlo Ancelotti compared him to the likes of Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta.
When it comes to stats, Koulibaly is bettering the entire City squad hands down this season – making more tackles on average than any Sky Blues player whilst also registering more interceptions than current centre-backs John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and makeshift option Fernandinho.
Indeed, taking this into account, the significant boost that Koulibaly has ruled out a move to PSG could hand City some encouragement in landing the player – even despite his lofty price tag.