Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is adamant that Kalidou Koulibaly won’t be sold for less than €100m (£90m) this summer, despite the financial impact of the global health crisis.
The likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City have been linked with the Senegalese international in the Italian press, but when he asked about the defender’s future, De Laurentiis confirmed the Italian side won’t be pushed into agreeing a cut-price deal:
“If City or United or PSG with €100m (£90m) showed up, I would think about it and it is probable that they would leave, always if their will was to leave.”
“I don’t even consider an offer of €60m (£54m). I am solid, if I wanted to win the Scudetto at any cost today I would find myself with three, four hundred million debts. I look around and see companies at 500, 600 million, less a billion. I don’t owe anyone.”
De Laurentiis appears to be suggesting that he is under no pressure to sell Koulibaly this summer as the club are free of debt, which is fair enough.
However, with the player seemingly wanting out, it does appear that the Serie A side would be open to offloading him, although it is hard to see any club matching their asking price.
Liverpool could not afford Timo Werner at £54m so to suggest they could pay almost double that for a player who will be 29 on Saturday is fanciful.