Napoli want €35-40m for Barcelona-linked Kalidou Koulibaly

Napoli are reportedly in no rush to sell Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, even though his contract at Naples will expire in June 2023.

As reported by Il Mattino, Napoli are optimistic about keeping Kalidou Koulibaly at the club beyond the summer transfer window as they find no relationality in selling the superstar defender.

The report believes that Napoli have already managed to loosen the burden on their wage bill, reducing it from €115million to €80million. It is understood that this would be enough for them to keep hold of the Senegalese, whose contract at the club runs out next year.

The Naples-based side has not yet reached an agreement with the entourage of the player over a contract extension. Barcelona have shown interest in making a swoop for the 30-year-old African, but they might need to pay a transfer fee of €35-40million to lure the defender away from the Partenopei this summer.

As per the report, Koulibaly ‘s agent, Fali Ramadani, will soon arrive in Italy to supposedly hold talks with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis. In the meeting, they could discuss the centre-back’s future at the club and try to find a consensus regarding his renewal offer, where Napoli have failed to meet Koulibaly’s demands.

Jyotirmoy Halder

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