For months now, Kalidou Koulibaly’s future has been a hot topic of discussion in the Italian sport media, with Napoli reportedly prepared to sell the defender this summer.
On June 30th, we covered claims from Calciomercato.it, who explained Manchester City are pushing for the centre-back’s signing.
Later that day, Il Mattino reported Pep Guardiola’s side are leading the race to acquire the 29-year-old’s services.
Enrico Fedele has worked as a agent, manager and sports executive in the past and he’s now a well known commentator. He’s provided an update on the player’s future, on Canale 21’s program, Il Bello del Calcio.
“I have repeatedly spoken of Koulibaly, saying he has to stay and his departure would create a huge void. However, I can say, as far as I know, that there is one team more interested than others and who are very close to buying the player: it’s Manchester City,” Fedele said.
The African last signed a contract extension with the Serie A side in September 2018 and his current deal at Napoli will expire in 2023.
According to Fedele, the player would prefer to continue with Gennaro Gattuso’s side if they offer him a new contract with an improved salary.
However, Fedele adds Aurelio De Laurentiis is not ready to take this step because he feels it’s an important expense for the club.
The Napoli chairman’s idea is to cash in from Koulibaly’s sale and reinvest those funds in the transfer market.