Napoli ‘expect’ Man City to submit new bid for Kalidou Koulibaly next week

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A fresh update concerning Manchester City’s pursuit of Napoli standout Kalidou Koulibaly has emerged over the weekend.

Napoli standout

Koulibaly has been plying his trade at the Stadio San Paolo for just over six years now, after he signed from Belgian outfit Genk for a fee just shy of £7m.

And he has since cemented himself as an absolutely integral member of the Naples-based outfit’s backline, whilst also earning a name as one of the best centre-halves in Europe.

All told, Koulibaly has notched 246 appearances across all competitions for the Azzurri, helping to guide the club to a Supercoppa Italiana title and, more recently, the Coppa Italia.

Kalidou Koulibaly

NAPLES, ITALY – NOVEMBER 06: Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli in action during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between SSC Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain at Stadio San Paolo on November 6, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Man City to bid for Koulibaly

Such consistent, stellar displays, meanwhile, have, unsurprisingly, caught the eye of one of European football’s top clubs.

The outfit in question are Manchester City, a side evidently in need of defensive reinforcements ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

Landing Koulibaly to partner Aymeric Laporte would no doubt see City, who have been linked with a move for the 29-year-old for some time now, form one of the most feared centre-back pairings in Europe.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, though, has remained adamant that any suitor of his side’s star defender will have to stump up a massive sum to pry the African away from the club.

But, as mentioned above, City look set to test the resolve of the Partenopei with a sizable offer imminently.

As per Fabrizio Romano, the proposal will be worth around €75m including add-ons.

It should be noted, though, that this remains some way short of the previous €90m price-tag pushed by Aurelio De Laurentiis.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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