Napoli could be willing to sell Kalidou Koulibaly after identifying his replacement, while an unhappy Liverpool loanee has asked the club to step in and help cancel a transfer agreement, according to Wednesday’s papers.
NAPOLI MAKE BOURNEMOUTH STAR A TOP SUMMER TARGET
Manchester United have been given fresh hope that Napoli could cash in on star defender Kalidou Koulibaly this summer after reports claimed they had identified a surprise replacement.
United saw a massive bid, reported by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis to be £95million, rejected by the Serie A giants ahead of the January window – and he’s believed to be still be a top target for the Premier League giants.
Napoli had always insisted the player was not for sale at any price, but reports in the Daily Mirror claim that the Serie A giants are now ready to cash in on the 27-year-old and had set their sights on a £30million replacement in Bournemouth star Nathan Ake.
The former Chelsea defender has enjoyed another stellar season on the south coast and his form had brought him to the attention of Tottenham and indeed United. However, the Mirror claims it is Napoli who surprisingly lead the chase for the Holland defender after Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli made him a priority summer signing.
And it’s understood he has already made contact with the player’s representatives over a potential summer switch.
Should they clinch Ake’s signing that would allow the club to consider offers for Koulibaly, who has earned a reputation as one of European football’s best defenders.
United have long since been keen – but a report last week claimed they had shelved their interest in order to pursue a £100m deal for Jadon Sancho instead.
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