Italian journalist Fabio Santini has claimed Kalidou Koulibaly can leave Napoli, as long as the price is right.
The Napoli defender has been linked with several Premier League clubs in recent years, with this time it being claimed Tottenham and Manchester City are at the forefront.
Quoted by Area Napoli, Santini said: “Koulibaly has asked to leave. Aurelio De Laurentiis has set the price: it is on the basis of €120m. The Senegalese defender is followed above all in England. Among others, Tottenham and Manchester City like him.
“Koulibaly asked to be sold not in June, but already in January during the next purchase and sales campaign.”
Whilst it all sounds like speculation built on speculation, the idea of Napoli being ready to sell Koulibaly, and him wanting to leave, could have something more concrete in it.
There’s been turmoil at the Italian club for much of the season, with trouble both on and off the pitch. Carlo Ancelotti’s future is thought to be under serious threat, and given some of the squad have been falling out with De Laurentiis, high profile exits can’t be ruled out.
Napoli’s president won’t let his star players go for anything other than a good price, and €120m for a defender who turns 29 years of age in June is certainly at the high end of the scale.