Report: Italian journalist claims rumoured Spurs target has asked to leave club

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Dom Le Roy

Kalidou Koulibaly is able to leave Napoli for the right price according to Italian journalist Fabio Santini.

Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a move for the 28-year-old defender earlier this week when El Desmarque reported that the North London club have already began talks with Napoli over the transfer of the Senegal international.

Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho was said to have been keen to have brought Koulibaly to Old Trafford when he was in charge at Manchester United.

Santini claimed that Spurs and Manchester City are admirers of the Napoli player, who has been at the club since 2014.

Tottenham have uncertainty surrounding the future of two of their central defenders with the Belgian pair of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld both out of contract at the end of the season.

Santini told Area Napoli: “Koulibaly has asked to leave. Aurelio De Laurentiis has set the price: it is on the basis of €120m. The Senegalese defender is followed above all in England. Among others, Tottenham and Manchester City like him.

“Koulibaly asked to be sold not in June, but already in January during the next purchase and sales campaign.”

Opinion

It seems unlikely that Daniel Levy would be prepared to spend upwards of £80million on a player who is in his late twenties and would have a limited re-sale value.

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