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Sport Koulibaly tipped to stay at Napoli as nervous Gattuso waits for transfer window to close

04:40  28 september  2020
04:40  28 september  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso said Kalidou Koulibaly will stay if the Serie A club's asking price is not "So, if the transfer market allows us to sell these two excellent players, we will know Roma are reportedly the frontrunners to sign Milik, who is out of contract in 2021 as Napoli look to cash in

Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso said Kalidou Koulibaly will stay if the Serie A club's asking price is not "So, if the transfer market allows us to sell these two excellent players, we will know Roma are reportedly the frontrunners to sign Milik, who is out of contract in 2021 as Napoli look to cash in

Kalidou Koulibaly wearing a blue shirt throwing a ball: Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly © NurPhoto Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly

Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli believes star defender Kalidou Koulibaly will remain at the Serie A club, despite links to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Koulibaly had been strongly linked with Premier League giants City but Pep Guardiola's side agreed a deal to sign Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias on Sunday.

Ligue 1 champions PSG are also reportedly interested following Thiago Silva's departure, while the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked previously.

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Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso said Kalidou Koulibaly will stay if the Serie A club's asking price is not "So, if the transfer market allows us to sell these two excellent players, we will know Roma are reportedly the frontrunners to sign Milik, who is out of contract in 2021 as Napoli look to cash in

However, Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia: " Koulibaly has a precise asking price, and if the club doesn't Negotations between City and Napoli over the services of Koulibaly have been hindered by bad "So, if the transfer market allows us to sell these two excellent players, we will know how to replace them.

Asked about Koulibaly prior to Sunday's 6-0 demolition of Genoa, Giuntoli told Sky Sport Italia: "The team was completed in January with Stanislav Lobotka and Diego Demme, who can play in a few different roles. With Amir Rrahmani, [Victor] Osimhen and [Andrea] Petagna, we are complete, so will now try to release players who won't have much time on the pitch.

"I think Koulibaly is staying, we are very happy and so is he. I believe that he is staying."

Koulibaly helped keep a clean sheet as high-flying Napoli preserved their perfect start to the season against Genoa.

Napoli are yet to concede in two Serie A fixtures this season, while scoring eight goals to top the standings.

Gennaro Gattuso was also quizzed on Koulibaly following Giuntoli's comments and the Napoli head coach told Sky Sport Italia post-match: "I hope he remains with us, selfishly speaking, because he gives us so much both in technical terms and as a character.

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Manchester United have been courting Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly for a long time and they have now been handed a boost in their pursuit of the talented defender as the Italian club Everton tipped to get 'very good signing' if they seal transfer for £30m Man Utd star [ TRANSFER NEWS].

TRANSFER NEWS - Manchester United had two bids for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly rejected in January, it has been claimed. Manchester United have been tipped to sign Koulibaly from Napoli when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.

"The world has changed because of the pandemic and I realise all clubs need to balance the books. I hope the call won't arrive, but I'll be nervous about it until transfer deadline day."

Senegal international Koulibaly has called Napoli home since arriving from Genk in 2014.

The 29-year-old was instrumental as Napoli claimed the Coppa Italia title last season – the club's first piece of silverware since 2014.


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