Kalidou Koulibaly has opened up on his future at Napoli as transfer rumours about his future in Italy continue, especially with Premier League interest.
Manchester United and Chelsea have been dealt with a blow in their chase for Kalidou Koulibaly as his recent comments have suggested his future lies in the Serie A, on the books of Napoli, according to the Express.
Frank Lampard‘s men have their own defensive woes to fix after conceding the most goals in the top six teams in the Premier League, whereas United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to finish his rebuilding process by finding a new centre-back partner for Harry Maguire.
Napoli are under no pressure to sell the 29-year-old and would demand a fee of around 80 million pounds.
Koulibaly in an interview with revealed about his future plans:
In football you never know what happens. I never spoke about leaving Napoli and I never spoke about the transfer market. I also read in the newspaper about my future, but I only want to think about playing and I am 100 per cent committed to Napoli and it bothers me to be linked every day to different European clubs.
“We will see the president will decide if he proposes to extend my contract which will allow my contract that would allow me to end my career here. At the moment I still have a three-year contract and I am not thinking of anything else but Napoli.
These comments come as a massive blow to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and even Manchester City as they are drawing up a list of potential suitors to fill the hole left by Kompany.
If Koulibaly is to stand by his recent words spoken to the media then the Premiere League giants are surely to be disappointed and will have to turn their attentions towards other potential players.
Manchester City and Liverpool were also notably having the Senegal international on their radar, but as such their choices seem to have turned elsewhere. The Citizens are hunting for Milan Skriniar now, who seems ready to taste a new challenge and the Reds are not likely to spend big this summer, but Thiago Alcantara remains a player who they’re heavily linked with.
While the west Londoners have a back-up for Koulibaly in Villarreal’s Pau Torres and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, the Red Devils don’t have many back-up options for him considering they’re relentlessly behind Jadon Sancho at the moment.
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