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Napoli chief suggests clubs will have to pay €90m to land Man City-linked Koulibaly
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis appears to have announced what fee it would take for the Serie A outfit to part ways with Kalidou Koulibaly.
Koulibaly has been plying his trade at the San Paolo Stadium for just over six years now.
Napoli signed the powerful stopper from Belgian outfit Genk for a fee just shy of £7m.
Koulibaly has since gone on to cement himself as an absolutely integral member of the Naples-based outfits backline, whilst also earning a name as one of the best centre-halves in Europe.
All told, Koulibaly has notched 244 appearances across all competitions for the Azzurri, guiding them to a Supercoppa Italiana and more recently, the Coppa Italia.
Now though, not too unsurprisingly, the commanding centre-back looks to be attracting interest from one of Europes heavyweights.
The outfit in question appears to be Manchester City, whose backline is in clear need of reinforcements.
The Sky Blues do look to have wrapped up a deal for Nathan Ake in recent days. But its believed that City are still in the market for a second centre-back with Koulibaly high on that list.
Now, as mentioned above, Napolis president has basically told Man City what they need to cough up if the wish to land the African stopper. And if De Laurentiis comments are indeed anything to go by, City will need to pay 90m for Koulibaly:
“Kalidou is a great person, I would be terribly sad to lose him. But there is a time for everything, even to move apart.
“But the 90m is not on the table and so it takes two to make a deal.”
Quotes via Goal.
Given Koulibaly is one of the top centre-backs in Europe, 90m may seem like a decent asking price.
But with the defender already 29 years of age, perhaps City may be better served spending such a sum on a centre-back with more years to give?