By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
English Premier League outfit Newcastle United are reported to be ready to offer Senegalese and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly a mega annual salary of €12million if their Saudi takeover is completed.
The 28-year-old former Metz and Genk defender is a priority for the potential new owners. According to reports from Le 10Sport, Koulibaly could make the move for €80million, though Napoli’s President Aurelio De Laurentiis is asking for €100million.
This is not the first time Newcastle United have tried to secure the services of Koulibaly. They made an unsuccessful attempt to sign him in 2015.
They will have to compete with Manchester United, Manchester City and PSG for the highly rated rock solid defender.
The Magpies will soon become another financial power house in Europe, should the take over be completed. They are currently in an advanced stage with negotiations between current owner Mike Ashley and the Saudi Public Investment Fund looking to takeover the Tyneside club.
The Saudi consortium is looking to transform Newcastle into a European giant, with Calciomercato.it reporting that Italian Manager Luciano Spalletti and Belgian midfielder Raja Nainggolan are amongts the big names to join them as soon as the takeover is completed.
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