Liverpool held negotiations with with €60m-rated African defender
Serie A giants’ president Aurelio De Laurentiis has officially set Kalidou Koulibaly’s price, insisting the defender will not leave for less than £80m. Senegal international has been attracting plenty of interest from these shores.
Man United, Liverpool and Man City have all been tracking the defender, who is considered to be one of the best defenders in Europe. Naples are open to letting him leave, however, De Laurentiis will not sell him cheaper than the Italian club’s asking price, despite reports claiming he was willing to reduce his valuation.
‘Kalidou is a wonderful person and of course, it’d be sad to lose him,’ the Naples chief said. ‘Everything has a time and a place, even when it comes to going our separate ways. Having said that, we don’t have €90m on the table and in any case, it takes two to separate.’
Serie A giants will not be involved in premier European football next campaign, which has prompted fresh reports that he will leave the club. The Senegalese centre-back has spent the past six years in Napoli and has been capped 42 times by the national team.
Koulibaly hasn’t shut down talk of a summer exit, however. ‘In football, you never know what happens. I never spoke to Napoli about leaving,’ Kalidou said.
‘We will see what the president will decide and if he proposes to extend my contract, that would allow me to end my career here. At the moment, I still have a three-year contract and I am not thinking of anything else but Napoli.’