Manchester City have kickstarted their summer transfer business by completing the transfers of Ferran Torres and Nathan Aké this week.
The arrival of the Netherlands international from AFC Bournemouth will not stop the Citizens from doing more business in this window.
Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly has been frequently discussed as a target for City and Foot Mercato provide the latest development on this case.
The 29-year-old has established himself as one of the best defenders in Europe and Pep Guardiola is ‘not insensitive’ to his impressive qualities.
It’s claimed City have officially contacted Napoli to find out the conditions to sign the centre-back.
Txiki Begiristain has informed Koulibaly’s agent Fali Ramadani that City are ‘willing to offer a substantial salary’ to secure his client’s signature.
There’s a ‘scheduled meeting’ between City and Napoli, as the two clubs are planning to meet next week. The report explains the Etihad club could even submit a first offer for the player by then.
Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has no intention of retaining the former Genk man. The player, for his part, has a preference of moving to England, but it’s not clear where he would end up.
That’s because Manchester United have maintained interest in the defender after seeing their bid rejected by Napoli last summer.
Foot Mercato add the Red Devils have also started discussions to sign Koulibaly and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side are expected to provide competition to City for this transfer.