Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti will have spoken to Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis about Kalidou Koulibaly and a possible move this summer.

That’s according to RAI Sport journalist Ciro Venerato, who believes Everton will have also spoken to Koulibaly’s agent Fali Ramadani about the defender.

Koulibaly has been linked with a move away from the Serie A side for a number of years, having established himself as one of the best defenders in world football during his time at the club.

A departure has never happened, though, with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City refusing to pay De Laurentiis’ asking price.

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Koulibaly has again been linked with a move away ahead of this summer, except it is now Everton and Carlo Ancelotti, whom he played under during the Italian’s time in charge at Napoli, who are said to be keen.

That’s a rumour the Everton manager recently dismissed, but Venerato is convinced there will have been talks.

“It’s nothing new that De Laurentiis and Ancelotti are in touch; they have remained on good terms,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, relayed by Mondo Napoli. 

“They have certainly spoken about Koulibaly’s future, and Everton will have spoken to Fali Ramadani.

“At the moment, however, these are just rumours; there are many clubs interested in him, especially from the Premier and Bundesliga, but nothing concrete.

“The real market for Koulibaly and Ruiz, who are the two Azzurri big players on the market, will take place from June onwards, but also afterwards. 

“Both for economic reasons and for the pressing of so many Premier clubs that could step in.”