Carlo Ancelotti ‘makes Napoli center-back Kalidou Koulibaly his number 1 target’ amid doubts about Yerry Mina’s future in Everton … with the Toffees ‘aiming to raise £ 22m for the Colombian’ who bought him £ 27 in 2018 million
- Kalidou Koulibaly could leave Napoli for as little as £ 35m if Covid-19 bites
- The Senegalese star has developed into one of the world’s best center ridges
- Carlo Ancelotti worked at Koulibaly for 18 months before being fired
- Yerry Mina faced competition from Mason Holgate for his place on the squad
- Mina joined Everton from Barcelona for £ 27m but was able to leave for around £ 22m
Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly made Napoli center-back Kalidou Koulibaly his number one target after rumors that Yerry Mina wants to leave Everton for Serie A.
Mina, who is of interest to both Inter Milan and Fiorentina, has started 20 of the Toffees’ 25 Premier League appearances he was fit for, but the Colombian faced competition for his place in Mason Holgate’s side while fellow center-back Ben Godfrey has also impressed.
Amid speculation that the 26-year-old sees his future elsewhere, Ancelotti is keen to bring in Koulibaly, according to Tuttomercatoweb
Carlo Ancelotti worries about signing Kalidou Koulibaly out of doubt about Yerry Mina’s future
Mina’s form has not been consistent this season and is reportedly seeking to join a Serie A club.
Thanks to Covid-19, Koulibaly will be able to pay significantly less than in previous transfer windows
Koulibaly played under the Italian for 18 months before Ancelotti was sacked and developed into one of the world’s most sought-after center-backs.
Ancelotti was quick to do business with his former employer when he brought Allan to Merseyside last summer and he could well be in the race to buy Koulibaly, with the Senegalese star’s transfer rating now only £ 35m, compared to the £ 35m peak. 87 million a few years ago.
As clubs across Europe see their budgets under pressure due to Covid-19 and there is an urgent need to raise money, Napoli’s hand could be forced despite Koulibaly having two more years on his contract, a scenario that would become even more likely if Napoli remain fifth in Serie A and do not qualify for next season’s Champions League.
With players like Liverpool and Bayern Munich having previously shown interest, Ancelotti could face stiff competition for Koulibaly’s signature.
Everton is hoping to raise around £ 22m from the sale of Mina, which would still be a £ 5m loss on the 26-year-old, who came to the club from Barcelona for £ 27m after just scoring against England at the 2018 World Cup.
Ancelotti brought Allan to Goodison Park last summer and now hopes to seduce Koulibaly