Napoli’s center-back Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the most sought after signings this summer and is one of the very best in his position. His performances for the Neapolitans in Serie A and UEFA Champions League in recent years have been the stuff of legends. Koulibaly has been one player who has been a trending topic of transfer rumors for multiple windows now. The Senegal international joined Napoli in 2014 and could leave the Serie A club at the end of this season. There are several clubs across Europe in the frame of Man United, Man City, Chelsea and PSG who are all interested parties for his signature as they aim to strengthen their defenses. Napoli has had an underwhelming campaign in the Serie A this season, and their chances of getting Champions League football next season look very slim at this stage of the season.
Napoli’s failure to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition at the end of the season could spell the end of Koulibaly’s time at the club this summer. Even if Napoli does get a top-four finish, Koulibaly could still leave the club for a more significant challenge in another top European League this summer.
Which Premier League giants are chasing Koulibaly?
Premier League giants Man United, Man City, and Chelsea are interested in landing the signature of Napoli center-back Koulibaly. According to reports, Man United are now the frontrunners in signing defender Koulibaly. The Red Devils are looking to bring Koulibaly on board to play alongside Harry Maguire. The Red Devils had a colossal bid for Koulibaly rejected last summer before the club signed Harry Maguire for a world-record transfer fee for a defender.
This summer, Man United are reportedly ready to dig into their pockets once again this time for Koulibaly. Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is thought to be convinced that Koulibaly would be a perfect partner for Maguire in the heart of Man United defense. Although the partnership between Maguire and Lindelof hasn’t been bad so far this season, Linderlof’s style of play is similar to Maguire. Eric Bailly would appear to be a better fit alongside Maguire, but Bailly’s injuries problems mean he isn’t a reliable option. Man United have been made aware that Koulibaly is open to a move this summer. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has also had his share of struggles with his defense this season.
Seeing the situation at hand, Lampard has already started looking for some reinforcements at the back. The English manager views Koulibaly as the idle partner for Antonio Ruediger. Currently, Chelsea lacks experience and world-class quality in their defense. Chelsea’s search for a world-class defender could see them target Koulibaly as an ideal signing the summer. He has played at almost every level in Europe and impressed with his performances. He also has the experience and the football acumen of a top-quality player. Not only will he improve the backline as a whole, but he will also make the Chelsea team look a lot stronger. Man City boss Pep Guardiola is also in search of a center-back this summer. Manchester City has struggled with their current defensive options as they failed to replace Vincent Kompany last summer. One of the most talked-about potential signings is the Napoli center-back Koulibaly, and Man City have reportedly identified Koulibaly as one of their top transfer targets. Man City have spent this whole season short of quality at the center-back positions. Guardiola has had to convert Fernandinho from a holding midfielder to a center-back due to injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones. Therefore, a move for Koulibaly could make sense. If he does move to the Etihad, Man City could have a center-back partnership of Laporte and Koulibaly.
Is Koulibaly the perfect replacement for Thiago Silva?
French giant Paris Saint-Germain will also focus their attention on Koulibaly this summer in a bid to find a replacement for Thiago Silva. Silva will leave the current Ligue 1 Champions next month after spending eight seasons in the French capital. According to reports, Napoli defender Koulibaly is on the shortlist of candidates to potentially join PSG next summer. Koulibaly’s role would be to replace Silva in the heart of the defense and give strengthen a team that wants to win the Champions League.
Koulibaly has attracted interests from several top clubs in Europe. However, the French outfit does hold the upper hand, having already dealt with Napoli’s owner Aurelio De Laurentis on deals for Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi. The director of football for PSG, Leonardo, knows what it takes to strike an agreement with the Serie A side. PSG became French Champions once more recently after the season ended prematurely due to the Covid-19 outbreak.