Despite the fact Newcastle United’s takeover has yet to be ratified and concluded, the rumours surrounding the St James’ Park club continue to circle.

One of the biggest has been about Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Magpies reportedly joining the top clubs in the Premier League to try and sign the Senegal international.

However, it quickly dwindled once football actually returned and the Italian media had other important matters to discuss, but that doesn’t mean those behind the takeover at Newcastle have given up.

According to Foot Mercato, PCP Capital Partners and PIF, the Saudi fund, ‘have returned to the fore’ for Koulibaly.

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They have even made a ‘verbal offer’ of a ‘long-term contract’ as well as a possible ‘conversion’ to a staff role once he retires.

The aim is to make Koulibaly a ‘cornerstone’ of the new project, and the Saudi group have also ‘let Naples know’ that they were ‘ready to get closer to the maximum price’ asked by Aurelio de Laurentiis, which would be around €100m.

Big claims from Foot Mercato here, and we’ll have to see what comes from it in the very near future.