It’s not everyday that Tottenham get linked to Kalidou Koulibaly, so when they do, it’s quite a big deal.
The Senegalese defender is currently with the Napoli squad as they prepare themselves to return to action next month, yet his future remains something of a mystery.
There’s a general feeling in Italy that Aurelio De Laurentiis would sell his prized asset at the right price, but said amount would be considerable, even for free spending Premier League clubs.
Not only that, but many see the centre-back as reaching the end of his cycle with the Serie A side, and this summer could be the ideal time for him to try something new.
Manchester United and Liverpool have been the two main landing spots discussed in rumours, while Everton and Newcastle United have sporadically been mentioned, but Tottenham? That’s rare.
Il Mattino are the ones mentioning Spurs as part of the list of suitors for Koulibaly alongside Jürgen Klopp side, explaining they are doing so ‘with great insistence’.
However, they also make it clear it’s not entirely ‘up to the player’, as he needs to find a club that will pay both Aurelio De Laurentiis the fee he wants and a contract worth more than the €6m/year he currently earns in Naples.
But before any of this takes place, the defender needs to finish the season with his current club, and then there will be time to sort all this out.
The real question here is, will Tottenham really fork out more than €70m on a centre-back? We know José Mourinho is in charge there, but it’s still Daniel Levy overseeing the finances.