Kalidou Koulibaly

Man City linked with €95 million Kalidou Koulibaly bid as Napoli target James Rodriguez

Man City ready €95 million Kalidou Koulibaly bid

Italian pink paper Gazzetta dello Sport have reported on Wednesday that Manchester City are gearing up for a €95 million bid for Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly.

Senegalese international Koulibaly, who is under contract at Napoli until 2023, is a player who has often been linked with a possible move to the Premier League.

Last season in Serie A, Koulibaly made 35 appearances for Napoli, keeping 13 clean sheets in the league.

Koulibaly also scored twice in the Italian top-flight, while he was named Serie A’s best defender in 2018-19.

Will Koulibaly join Man City?

Gazzetta seem to indicate that Napoli may be forced to accept a €95 million bid from Man City for Koulibaly.

That’s because Napoli could use that transfer fee to reinvest significantly in their side.

For Man City, one assumes that Pep Guardiola is looking at Koulibaly due to the gap in the Sky Blues’ squad following Vincent Kompany’s switch to Anderlecht.

But if Koulibaly does join City, does that mean that John Stones will be looking at more time on the club’s bench?

Napoli target James Rodriguez & Kostas Manolas

GdS believe that if Napoli agree to sell Koulibaly to Man City, the Serie A side could then fund two transfers of their own.

Firstly, Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez could join Napoli on loan.

The Colombian, who has just finished a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munch, may cost 10 million euros to loan.

Gazzetta suggest Napoli would try to secure an option to buy James for 40 million euros.

As for replacing the outgoing Koulibaly, Napoli could try to sign Greek international Kostas Manolas from Roma.

GdS hang a 36 million euro price tag around Manolas’s head.

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