On Thursday, AS reported Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is ‘insistently’ looking to bring in at least one centre-back this summer.
Earlier this week, Italian commentator Enrico Fedele suggested City are ‘close to’ buying Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.
Another report from Il Mattino explained the defender’s representative, Fali Ramadani is expected to return to Italy with formal offers from Liverpool and Pep Guardiola’s side.
According to Tutto Napoli, the Senegal international’s agent has returned to Napoli, to discuss about his client, who believes his time at the Serie A side will come to an end after this campaign.
Therefore, the 29-year-old has given a mandate to his agent to ‘look for a concrete opportunity’. The Naples club are ready to cut ties with the former Genk man as the report adds they have given ‘green light’ for his sale.
Aurelio De Laurentiis had long been wanting a fee of around €100m for the defender, but as per the website, the Serie A side’s chief has now changed his stance and is open to give discounts because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It’s claimed the player’s new valuation is around €70-80m if offered in cash and the exit operation is expected to take shape in the coming weeks, with Ramadani looking to ‘try and bring in concrete offers’ for the African.
City, Liverpool and Real Madrid are the ‘most interested’ clubs in the player and Tutto Napoli believe these three sides ‘would not have much trouble’ to meet Koulibaly’s asking price.
With Koulibaly wanting to leave Gennaro Gattuso’s side, it remains to be seen as to where he will end up next season.