By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.
Napoli’s officials, and their colleagues of Liverpool can finalize terms for the transfer of 28-year-old Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the days ahead.
One of the much talked-about deals in the last two months could be finalized in the next few days.
Speculations about the future of the former FC Metz defensive shield has grown with PSG, Manchester United and Liverpool all linked with a move for the services of the Center half.
Today’s reports from our European football Chief in the Italian City, of Naples provides a clearer picture about the future of the Senegal international whose agent is currently holding progressive talks with Liverpool officials.
Kick442.com Italian correspondent based in Naples Nicola D’Ambrosio has done a guided tour on media reports this Tuesday in the City and says the club is seriously preparing for life without Kalidou Koulibaly.
He further revealed that names like Torino’s Nicolas Nkoulou, Lille’s 22-year-old Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes and Tottenham’s Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen are seen as possible replacements.
Since the future of Kalidou Koulibaly became a topical issue on the media, Napoli has stated their minimum financial requirements. But we now understand they exist a realistic chance of Napoli accepting slightly less than the €100 million talked about over the last months.
This portal also understands Kalidou is the highest earner in coach Gennaro Gatusso’s squad, he earns approximately €6 per season.
Therefore, his departure from the club could significantly cut cost for president Aurelio De Laurentiis especially with the potential crisis in the post Coronavirus pandemic era.
According to kick442.com’s Nicola D’Ambrosio, Kalidou Koulibaly has reached the height of his adventure at Naples and his agent has been discussing with Liverpool officials over the last few days, and the finances have been the only obstacle which is close to being overcomed by Liverpool who maybe paying less than what Napoli has openly declared they want.
He further revealed that Kalidou is already having English lessons in Italy which somehow provides an indication about the future of the former Genk defender who has also been on the radar of Manchester City.
Our European football special correspondent also revealed that he has followed the comments of former Sports Attorney and Parma manager, Enrico Fedele who has a huge knowledge about the transfer market and be made these comments on II Bello del Calcio broadcast this Tuesday morning; “I received news about Kalidou Koulibaly, it seems the Senegalese defender is traveling towards England.
Napoli are seemingly abandoning their €100 million or no business approach for their super sweeper defender.
Manchester City, Manchester United, New Castle and PSG have the potential to re-enter this race at any point in time.
The former FC Metz defender has made 173 league appearances for Napoli from which he has scored 10 goals since joining them in 2014 from Genk.
He has been capped for the Teranga Lions of Senegal on 42 caps occasions and still runs behind his first international goal.
He was a part of Aliou Cisse team that finished runners-up in 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
A switch to Liverpool will fortify and already great Liverpool backline and will make Kalidou and Van Dijk the most expensive defensive pair of all times.
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