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Barcelona ‘make Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly their top defensive priority this summer’

Barcelona ‘make Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly their top defensive priority this summer after the defender indicates he wants to leave Naples with the club not looking to stand in his way if the right offer comes through’

  • Napoli reportedly open to selling the 30-year-old defender this summer
  • The Senegalese contract runs until 2023 and is not open for signing a new contract
  • The Italian club has accepted that the extension of Koulibaly’s contract is not possible

According to reports in Spain, Barcelona have made Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly their main defensive target this summer.

Koulibaly, who has played for the Italian club since 2014, has reportedly been stuck in accepting a new contract with his current contract set to expire in 2023.

Napoli had tried to get the Senegalese international to sign an extension but appear to have accepted that the player will not sign and will therefore be trying to sell him this summer to ensure he doesn’t go for free next year.

It is believed that Kalidou Koulibaly has rejected Napoli's contract extension offer and will try to leave the club this summer.

It is believed that Kalidou Koulibaly has rejected Napoli’s contract extension offer and will try to leave the club this summer.

Sporta Spanish publication reported that Barcelona will try to capitalize on Napoli’s readiness to sell and as such seek to bring Koulibaly to the club this summer.

The publication states that Napoli has already told the players’ entourage that he can leave for around £25million, a significantly lower price than Napoli asked for just a few years ago.

However, Barcelona, ​​which are looking to significantly rebuild their squad under Xavi Hernandez this summer amid an ongoing financial predicament, are reportedly not set to be given a free rein on the player, with Sport suggesting a number of Italian clubs are also interested in the player. .

It is believed that Barcelona are most interested in the player whose Senegalese is willing to move to Camp Nou

It is believed that Barcelona are most interested in the player whose Senegalese is willing to move to Camp Nou

However, Barcelona’s willingness to bring the player to the Camp Nou seems legitimate.

It has been reported that Xavi is particularly warmed up by the player due to his ability to play as a left sided centre-back and to bring a wealth of international experience.

However, despite their extravagant summer plans, Barcelona is still hampered by financial regulations due to their hopeless monetary situation.

Kalidou Koulibaly thinks his time at Napoli has come to a natural end

Kalidou Koulibaly thinks his time at Napoli has come to a natural end

The club can only spend one million for every four they discharge, meaning they have to remove players before they can even try to bring one in.

Their reported willingness to sell Frenkie de Jong suggests a desperation for money to invest elsewhere in the squad.

Koulibaly would see the Nou Camp as his ideal destination this summer and is willing to wait until Barcelona has enough money and salary to take him to Catalonia.

Napoli’s reported need for money means all three sides are likely to be pleased if the Senegal captain moves to Spain.

Barcelona must sell players this summer to bring new signings to Nou Camp

Barcelona must sell players this summer to bring new signings to Nou Camp

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