Napoli sporting director confirms ‘almost irresistible’ deal for Kalidou Koulibaly
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been the subject of much speculation this summer but it looks like his club are ready to move heaven and earth to keep him.
At 31, the Senegalese is likely eyeing his last major contract in football and with one year remaining on his current contract, any move would likely come this summer or next.
One of the main contenders for his name has been Juventus and at a recent press conference, covered by Tutto Napolisporting director Cristiano Giuntoli clarified that was not an option.
“It was not necessary to tell Koulibaly that we were not going to sell him to Juventus. For us, he is untouchable.
Giuntoli even detailed the contract offer that Naples have done to Koulibaly – he would definitely qualify in the major realms.
“The president made him an offer that you almost can’t refuse, he really offered him a lot. We offered him 6 million euros for five years, net, without bonuses or anything. It’s 60 million gross and also a future as a manager because the boy stood out on and off the park, he gave us a lot and he deserved this incredible offer.
Even so, Koulibaly still hasn’t accepted the offer and Giuntoli admitted the defender asked for some time to think about it.
Koulibaly was also linked with Barcelona earlier in the season but it looks like they will have to use other means to win him over than pure finance. Barcelona have been emphasizing putting in place a structure for their wages going forward which would likely break that.
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