Barcelona scouting €65m man Jose Mourinho targeted in the summer

Date published: Friday 5th October 2018 10:06 - Matthew Briggs

Barcelona sent a scout to watch Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly against Liverpool on Wednesday, claims a report in Spain.

Mundo Deportivo report that Barca’s interest in the Senegal international remains.

The 27-year-old centre-back was in fine form in midweek as Napoli shutout Liverpool for a 1-0 win and the scouts must have returned to the Camp Nou impressed.

Koulibaly was claimed by Fabio Capello to be one of the two centre-backs that Jose Mourinho wanted to sign in the summer. The former England boss has said he met the Manchester United man at a manager’s summit in the summer and was told that Koulibaly and Inter’s Milan Skriniar were his two targets of choice.

Capello told Sky Sport Italia: “I met Mourinho during a meeting between managers last summer.

“He wanted to sign two defenders, one was Milan Skriniar, the other one was Koulibaly.”

Neither arrived at Old Trafford as Mourinho failed to add a centre-back to his squad and now, if he still wants Koulibaly in January he will have to contend with Barca, although Napoli’s €65million asking price could be a problem for the Camp Nou side.

Koulibaly was more prominently linked with Chelsea and Liverpool and the Blues are understood to have had a £38million bid for the player rejected in the summer of 2016.

The centre-back though decided to stay in Naples and signed a new deal until 2023 this summer.

 

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