Reliable journalist offers encouraging update on Spurs’ pursuit of defender

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Kalidou Koulibaly
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Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, who is typically reliable when it comes to transfer news (Joe) has revealed that Tottenham stand a good chance of signing Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly this summer.

Tottenham were installed as the favourites to sign Koulibaly during the January transfer window (El Desmarque) but the central defender ended up staying in Naples.

The Lilywhites have been backed to return for the 28-year-old’s services when the transfer market reopens in the summer (Il Mattino via the Daily Star).

However, Sky Sports claimed in February that Spurs are unlikely to sign the Senegal international and established PSG as the favourites to land him.

Di Marzio, who works for Sky Sport Italia has now squashed the claim during a Q&A with Sky Sports.

When asked who Tottenham’s transfer primary targets were, the Italian named Koulibaly and revealed that there is a ‘good feeling’ between the defender’s agent and Daniel Levy.

He said: “Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly could be one of their most important targets. There is a very good feeling between his agents and the Tottenham chairman.

“I think Koulibaly will leave Napoli this summer. Only last summer, Napoli signed Kostas Manolas who is a similar player to Koulibaly and then they got another defender in, Amir Rrahmani from Verona.

“Napoli have been thinking to the future without Koulibaly. A couple of years ago, they would not have been open to the idea of Koulibaly leaving.

“But the last year was not his best for Napoli, so I think this could be the right moment for him to leave.

“As well as Tottenham, Carlo Ancelotti wants him at Everton. His agents have very strong contacts within the Premier League clubs.

“So, I think the percentage that Koulibaly could arrive in the Premier League is very high.”

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Koulibaly would be a fantastic addition to our backline if we can somehow manage to pull off the deal. While I can see Mourinho pushing for the club to sign him, I imagine Daniel Levy won’t be too keen given the price he’s going to cost and his age. The Spurs chairman would probably prefer to go for someone like Dayot Upamecano who will have more resale value.

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