The latest on Manchester City’s pursuit of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly

A fresh update regarding Manchester City’s reported pursuit of Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has emerged on Thursday.

Koulibaly’s Napoli stint

Koulibaly has been plying his trade at the Stadio San Paolo for just over six years now.

Napoli signed the powerful stopper from Belgian outfit Genk for a fee just shy of £7m – a sum which looks to have proven a real bargain.

Koulibaly has firmly 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 guide the club to a Supercoppa Italiana and, more recently, the Coppa Italia.

Kalidou Koulibaly

NAPLES, ITALY – MARCH 18: Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli gestures during the serie A match between SSC Napoli v Genoa CFC at Stadio San Paolo on March 18, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Latest on Man City’s Koulibaly pursuit

If Manchester City get their way though, Koulibaly will be plying his trade at the Etihad next term.

The stopper has been linked with a move to Manchester for some time now.

However, the main stumbling block in any potential deal appears to be the fee.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis does look to be open to selling Koulibaly, though he has previously suggested it would take €90m for the Italian’s to part with the defender:

“Kalidou is a great person, I would be terribly sad to lose him. But there is a time for everything, even to move apart. “But the €90m is not on the table and so it takes two to make a deal.”

Such a steep figure doesn’t appear to have put the Manchester powerhouse off though.

As per an update from The Athletic’s Sam Lee on Thursday, City are still planning to sign Koulibaly, though negotiations between the two clubs are yet to reach a breakthrough.

In terms of a potential fee for the African, it is added that De Laurentiis informed the 29-year-old 29 he could leave for €80 million.

Man City are reportedly prepared to get towards that figure once bonuses are included, suggesting the initial fee will not be €80m.

Crucially, The Athletic also claim that City and Koulibaly already have an agreement in place.

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A fresh update regarding Manchester City’s reported pursuit of Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has emerged on Thursday. Koulibaly’s Napoli stint Koulibaly has been plying his trade at the Stadio San Paolo for just over six years now. Napoli signed the powerful stopper from Belgian outfit Genk for a fee just shy of £7m – a sumFootball (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals – Feed

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