On Tuesday, we covered a claim from Italian journalist Fabio Santini regarding the future of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, who would apparently want to leave the club in January.
Things haven’t gone all that well in the south of Italy this season, with Carlo Ancelotti sacked despite beating Genk 4-0 in the Champions League, as the club lie seventh in Serie A, seven points off sixth.
Manchester City and Tottenham were the two clubs to be mentioned by Santini, and the price tag was set at €120m.
Corriere dello Sport also have an article on the matter on Wednesday, although they only mention Pep Guardiola’s side as the interested party, leaving Spurs out altogether.
They claim any talks would start from the £108m figure of Manchester United’s summer bid ‘without there being the possibility of excessive discounts’, especially when Napoli know Manchester City ‘are willing to test the waters to see the reaction of [Aurelio] De Laurentiis’.
After all, there’s no harm in asking, and if, by some strange Christmas miracle, the Italian club’s owner seems open to doing a deal, then Pep Guardiola could end up with one of the best centre-backs in the world to help his frail defence that has struggled since the injury to Aymeric Laporte.