Napoli director discusses Koulibaly sale amid Man Utd interest

Date published: Monday 8th June 2020 11:00 - Jonny Whitfield

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Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli says Napoli would ask for a “large sum” if they were to sell Manchester United-linked defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Reports have said that, unlike other clubs, United will not scale back their summer spending plans amid the global pandemic.

Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho are allegedly the club’s top targets, with Koulibaly also mentioned in recent weeks.

The Senegal international is among the most highly-rated centre-backs in Europe, following his stellar performances in the Serie A and Champions League in recent seasons.

One report claimed that football’s recent shutdown would see Koulibaly’s fee drop from around €100million to €75million.

According to Giuntoli, however, Napoli are in no mood to lower their valuation.

“Kalidou is a great player, who still has a long contract with us,” the director said (via the Daily Mail).

“If we were to sell, the club could ask for a large sum. A player like this cannot change his value even in a crisis, so we are not moving our valuation.”

United improved their defence significantly last summer by signing Harry Maguire for a world-record £80million.

Victor Lindelof has become the Englishman’s favoured partner, but Eric Bailly is expected to challenge once more after a season spent recovering from knee surgery.

Elsewhere, uncertainty remains over the futures of Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling.

Rojo moved to Estudiantes on loan in January and reports say his former side want to make the deal permanent.

Smalling, meanwhile, has enjoyed his time with Roma and, likewise, wants to extend his stay in Italy.



One report claims that Daniel James’ exit loan exit could be finalised to get a move for Sancho over the line.

James moved to Old Trafford from Swansea and has enjoyed a solid first season, providing four goals and seven assists.

The Wales international scored on his debut in a 4-0 win over Chelsea in August.

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