According to an update from French news outlet le10sport, Man City have been dealt a blow in their pursuit for Napoli defender Kalidou Kouliably – with Premier League club Newcastle United joining the hunt and making a ‘big offer‘.
Koulibaly, who has started 14 games for the Italian club this season, is currently on Pep Guardiola’s watch list as he eyes potential defensive targets for next campaign – but now he faces even more competition for the Senegalese stalwart’s signature.
Previously, the Sky Blues only had to contend with bitter rivals Man United, but now Newcastle have reportedly entered the race and have even made a salary proposal – apparently offering Koulibaly €12,000,000-a-year (€230,000-per-week).
Should Man City now look elsewhere for a defender?
Yes, Koulibaly could become too expensive
No, he is worth every penny
Indeed, according to this report, Guardiola may have received a potential blow in his hunt for a new centre back star – with City potentially waiting too long to make an official swoop for the player.
Le10sport can also reveal that both City and United, while being linked with the 28-year-old, failed to actually contact the player’s representatives before Newcastle – meaning that the Magpies could now be in poll position to sign him.
Compared to the likes of Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta, the Senegal international appears to be highly sought-after, with the Sky Blues potentially needing more defensive back-up should we challenge for the title next campaign.
Injuries to Aymeric Laporte, Vincent Kompany’s departure and the inconsistent form of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi has forced our boss to insert Fernandinho at centre-half – but the Brazilian’s age (34) means that this could only be a temporary measure.
We will have to wait and see if City bite back with a proposal of their own, but one thing is for certain, more competition to sign Koulibaly may have arrived.