Everton’s efforts to capture Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly have received a major boost, after it was reported that he turned down the Italian clubs latest contract offer.
The Toffees face tough competition from Chelsea to sign the 25-year-old and are willing to pay £38.4million in order to capture the Senegal internationals signature ahead of the Blues, according to The Express.
Napoli are eager to tie the defender down with an longer and improved contract, but Koulibaly has reportedly snubbed their latest offer, which was worth around £1.3m per year.
Koulibaly, is happy to play for Napoli but Standard Sport understands he is currently involved in a contractual stand-off with the Serie A club, who will play in the Champions League in the forthcoming season, something which neither Chelsea or Everton can offer.
Koulibaly earns a relatively modest £26,000 a week at Napoli and, with Chelsea and Everton circling, he has asked for the same contract as captain and top earner Marek Hamsik, who collects about £98,000 a week, but Standard Sport understands Napoli are only willing to double Koulibaly’s wages to £52,000 a week.
With John Stones frequently being linked with a big-money move to Manchester City, Ronald Koeman is keen to strengthen his defensive ranks.
Sources in Italy have indicated that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has scheduled a meeting with Everton officials for this week.