Manchester City and not Liverpool are pushing Napoli for Kalidou Koulibaly, claim Italian reports, although the price-tag remains €100m.
According to Calciomercato.it, Pep Guardiola is determined to bring the Senegal international to the Etihad for next season.
Liverpool had long been linked, but Sky Sports UK claimed today that they are cutting down their transfer budget, as already seen by pulling out of the Timo Werner bidding war with Chelsea.
They won’t pay more than €60-70m for Koulibaly and that is far below the €100m asking price from tough negotiator, Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Koulibaly turned 29 earlier this month and is under contract with Napoli until 2023, having joined from KRC Genk for €7.75m in 2014.
Manchester United have also shown interest in K2, but appear to have moved their focus elsewhere lately.
Calciomercato.it also suggest that if Koulibaly is sold, he’ll be replaced by Nikola Milenkovic of Fiorentina, while Napoli are also known to be in negotiations for Lille defender Gabriel.