Kalidou Koulibaly

Napoli president confirms Man United & Chelsea target Koulibaly has signed new long-term contract

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has this evening confirmed that Partenopei star Kalidou Koulibaly has put pen to paper on a new contract with the club.

Dominant figure

Koulibaly, a 27-year-old Senegalese central defender, made the move to the Stadio San Paolo from Genk in 2014.

The Saint-Dié/Metz youth product has since gone on to establish himself as one of the most highly-regarded stoppers in Serie A, though questions remain over his positional sense on occasion.

Traits which cannot be doubted, however, are the pure pace and power possessed by the dominating African, with Koulibaly regularly lauded for his ability to physically dominate opposing strikers.

In-demand

The 28-time capped international was sought out by a number of Premier League clubs last summer, with coaches in the English top-flight of the opinion that the physical tools possessed by Koulibaly would be perfectly suited to the rough and tumble nature of the Premier League.

TURIN, ITALY – APRIL 22: Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli scores a goal during the serie A match between Juventus and SSC Napoli on April 22, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

All of Everton, Chelsea, Manchester City and even Southampton were linked with moves for the dominant stopper, with the latter having eyed him as a potential replacement for Virgil Van Dijk.

Everton were even reported to have made several offers of £50 million+ to Napoli, all of which were subsequently turned down.

PL bid?

This summer has seen speculation surrounding Koulibaly’s future die down considerably, with any and all suitors no doubt aware of how difficult a negotiator Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis tends to be.

The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have been tentatively linked with the African stopper over recent months, with Valter De Maggio of Mediaset having claimed last month that Napoli had turned down a 100 million Euro offer from England for his signature.

Staying put

Whatever the case may be, an announcement on behalf of Aurelio De Laurentiis a short time ago has since seemingly ruled out the possibility of Koulibaly departing the Stadio San Paolo at any stage in the near future.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Italia, De Laurentiis revealed that the club’s star defender has put pen to paper on a new 5-year contract with the club, before confirming that a mammoth offer did in fact arrive for Koulibaly this summer:

‘Koulibaly, who is the best in his role, has renewed with us for the next five years.’

‘We said no to a €90m offer for him, there were three teams ready to take him.’

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