Newly appointed Arsenal managed Mikel Arteta is looking to widen his scopes by bringing in some talents, making use of the upcoming winter transfer window.
And in hopes of intensifying the defensive line-up, the Gunners are reportedly portraying inclination to swoop in Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli next month.
Ian McGarry on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window Podcast claimed that the English side have made contact with the Italians, looking to secure the talented centre-back’s services. However, the former Genk defender is now assigned a price tag of £55m, which is seemingly difficult for the Gunners to handle.
Nonetheless, the Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac is reportedly under the radar of the Italian side, and can therefore be used as a makeweight to rope in the Senegal international.
Furthermore, offering tough competition to the Gunners, Manchester United have also showed some interest in signing the Napoli asset. The right footer has been linked to a move to Old Trafford for quite a while now.
McGarry stated: “It’s my information that Koulibaly has informed Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis of his desire to leave the club in January.
“This has been an ongoing situation, but with the departure of Ancelotti who he was very close to, has brought the issue to a head. Koulibaly is now seeking a move away from Serie A. This has begun an option process led by Carlo Ancelotti at Everton who sees weaknesses in the Everton back line.
“But probably just as interesting, especially given their current form at the back, is Manchester United have made contact with Napoli regarding Koulibaly and the price Napoli are asking.”
“Interesting, also, that Koulibaly’s valuation is in excess of €65million [£55m]. It would be a substantial investment for either of the north west clubs to make that bid and satisfy De Laurentiis, who we know does not sell cheap.”