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Manchester City ‘could pay Napoli’s asking price of £107m to sign defender Kalidou Koulibaly’

Manchester City ‘could be tempted to pay £107million to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli’.

The Senegal international centre-back has attracted interest from several leading European clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Juventus.

But Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is unwilling to allow the 28-year-old to leave for less than the £107m mark.

Manchester City 'could sanction the £107m signing of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly

Manchester City ‘could sanction the £107m signing of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly

Italian newspaper Tuttosport report Pep Guardiola and City's strong interest in Koulibaly

Italian newspaper Tuttosport report Pep Guardiola and City’s strong interest in Koulibaly

According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, City manager Pep Guardiola is so keen to have Koulibaly marshalling his defensive line next season he may well ask the club to pay it.

City could still face competition from Juventus, where Koulibaly would be reunited with his former manager Maurizio Sarri, but that seems less likely.

Other reports in Italy and Holland on Friday suggest that Juventus are closing in on the signing of Ajax’s 19-year-old centre-back Matthijs de Ligt.

Guardiola is unwilling to stand still despite City winning a domestic treble of Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup last season. 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of the Napoli and Senegal defender

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of the Napoli and Senegal defender

£107m-rated Koulibaly applauds the Napoli supporters following a match against Inter Milan

£107m-rated Koulibaly applauds the Napoli supporters following a match against Inter Milan

He will expect the club to defend all three titles next season as well as launching an assault on the Champions League, a trophy that continues to elude them despite enormous investment.

With long-serving centre-back Vincent Kompany departing the Etihad Stadium, there is a need for City to sign another defender.

They have also been linked with Leicester City and England’s Harry Maguire.

 

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7169707/Manchester-City-pay-Napolis-asking-price-107m-sign-defender-Kalidou-Koulibaly.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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