Kalidou Koulibaly

Arsenal rebuffed in move for Napoli defender

According to a report from TuttoMercatoWeb, Premier League giants Arsenal have been knocked back in an attempt to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

No-nonsense stopper

Koulibaly, a 26-year-old Senegalese central defender, has been hailed as one of the most impressive performers in Serie A for the past two seasons, with his powerful stature and rugged style proving a hit with fans in Naples.

In-demand

The stopper was linked with big-money moves to both Chelsea and Everton last summer, with the latter even rumoured to have offered upwards of 50 million Euro for Koulibaly.

Fresh bid

And, as per the aforementioned report from TuttoMercatoWeb, Arsenal are the latest Premier League side to be turned down in their attempts to sign the former Metz standout, with Napoli having informed the Gunners that their star defender is not for sale at any price.

Reinforcements

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is said to be on the lookout for a fresh face to challenge for a place in his side’s starting backline, with the strength and size of Koulibaly, along with his ability on the ball, proving an enticing option.

However, the Emirates club will need to look elsewhere if they are to sign a new central defensive option, with the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Sokratis Papastathopoulos having also been linked with moves to North London.

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