Everton have been told to double their offer for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, claims a report, as Rafa Benitez sets about strengthening his squad.
The Senegal centre-back was thought to be a top target for Carlo Ancelotti. But when the Italian left for Real Madrid it was expected the interest in the 30-year-old defender would wane.
However, just the opposite has happened with new boss Benitez bringing Everton’s hopes of landing the defender back to life.
Of course, Benitez, has worked with Koulibaly before. He was Napoli’s coach when they signed the defender from Genk.
And now Calciomercato reports Napoli have rejected a bid of €35m plus performance-related bonuses. Apparently Napoli are seeking at least €60m for the player, whom they rated at close to nine figures not so long ago.
Everton’s bid, per the report, only arrived on the table on Wednesday evening, but Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis has rejected the offer.
With the defender’s age now going against him and his contract expiring in June 2023, Napoli have lowered their asking price. Still they are chasing more than the initial €35m offer from the Toffees.
Just how much Everton will increase their bid to is unclear.
Lenglet not interested in moving
They have been linked with other options, most recently a Barcelona man.
On Lenglet-Everton rumours. Last week, player's camp said there had been interest (no names) but that they had been clear with the clubs: Lenglet is not moving this summer. Maybe that changes with big offer if Barça try and push out, but that's situ atm
— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) July 14, 2021
ESPN though have claimed the Frenchman is not keen on leaving Catalonia.
Reporter Samuel Marsden claims there has been interest in the 26-year-old, but “Lenglet is not moving this summer”.