Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent is set to present an official €65million offer to Napoli as Manchester City look to complete the Senegalese’s signing, reports say
Widely-regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe’s top-five leagues, Koulibaly has a host of admirers across the continent, including Manchester City, Liverpool, and Manchester United.
Despite recently capturing the signature of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £41million, the Sky Blues are keen to further reinforce a leaky backline.
Pep Guardiola sees his defensive department as the team’s weakest link and is hopeful of landing a high-profile centre-back to partner the 25-year-old Dutchman.
According to the Sports Illustrated, Manchester City and Koulibaly’s agent, Fali Ramadani, have successfully concluded the first round of negotiations to take the 29-year-old away from Serie A.
Koulibaly's agent Ramadani will present Napoli with Manchester City’s latest offer for Kalidou Koulibaly, which is put at £58.6m. #ManCity are also offering a four year contract to the defender worth £5.8m a season.— City Chief (@City_Chief) August 12, 2020
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After the parties reportedly found an agreement over personal terms, Ramadani is now on his way to pitch a €65million bid to Napoli.
Although the ‘Partenopei’ chairman, Aurelio De Laurentiis, recently softened his stance on Koulibaly’s availability, he appears to be sticking to his staggering €80million valuation.
If that was to be the case, Manchester City would have to substantially improve their initial proposition to get the deal over the line.
Yet, Guardiola could secure much-needed funds by offloading at least one of his out-of-favor defenders.
John Stones has already caught the eye of Chelsea and Arsenal, while Nicolas Otamendi has a couple of suitors in La Liga.