When European giants come knocking, it is hard to say no. More and more over the past few seasons, powerhouses have sought to purchase common talents by virtue of their performances.
This leads to quite a saga, as each side is adamant to lock horns with the other in the bid to make the acquisition.
This time around, it could potentially be Man United and Real Madrid that will be primary pursuers for one of Napoli’s most highly rated players.
What makes this all the more interesting is the fact that the player in question checks both the clubs’ pressing requirements going into the summer window.
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As per Calciomercato, the two footballing giants are eager to make the signing of 26-year-old Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli. The defender has been one of the outstanding performers under manager Maurizio Sarri, and that has made him a target of much interest.
Even before this, over the past two seasons, it was English clubs Chelsea and Everton that were seeking to make the signing.
However, Napoli reportedly held out for a fee as high as £60 million, effectively killing interest from both the sides.
It goes without saying that United and Madrid won’t be receiving bargains either, especially not with the player tied to the club by contract until 2021. All this is certainly a lot, considering the Senegal international was purchased from Genk in 2014 for a mere £7 million.
But the defender would be an apt partner for the likes of Eric Bailly in United’s defence, particularly in view of the largely inconsistent performances that Jose Mourinho’s other options in the region have been delivering.
At the same time, for the La Liga juggernauts, his arrival will certainly ease the path for Sergio Ramos slowly being removed from extensive first-team duties.
Which club will emerge successful with his signature, if at all?