Tottenham have been priced out of a potential move for Napoli defender, Kalidou Koulibaly this summer with the Senegal international rated at £100m (Daily Star).
The report also suggests that Manchester United and Everton were hoping that Napoli’s financial worries amidst the COVID-19 pandemic would reduce the asking price.
However, that is not the case as the Italian side are holding out for a huge £100m bid.
Napoli Sporting Director, Cristiano Giuntoli, commented on the rumours of a possible departure for the 28-year-old defender.
He said: “Kalidou is a great player, who still has a long contract with us. If we were to sell, the club could ask for a large sum.
“A player like this cannot change his value even in a crisis, so we are not moving our valuation.”
According to the report, Everton pursued the centre-back last summer but failed with a bid believed to be in the region of £60M.
Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would love to bring the Senegal defender to Old Trafford it is said even Manchester United have also been priced out of a potential switch.
With Jan Vertonghen set for the exit door this summer, Spurs are on the hunt for a replacement centre-back and it seems that Koulibaly can now be ticked off that list.
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What a signing Koulibaly would have been. However, being realistic it was always a pipe dream. At 28-years-old, it was unlikely that Spurs would have even spent north of £50m for a player – nevermind a whopping £100m. Time to move on to the next target.
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