Manchester City lose their patience with Napoli over a grand transfer
Pep Guardiola has possibly had the most disappointing start to the week after Manchester City were left bamboozled after Che Adams of Southhampton chipped the ball over Ederson who was way out from his box in the 16th minute of the game. However, Pep’s frustration just does not end there as of yet. Reports claim that the negotiations between Manchester City and Napoli continue to drag on for an absolute non-sensical reason.
Napoli and Manchester City have reportedly come to an agreement over the transfer Kalidou Koulibaly for 45 million euros which could exceed up to 70 million euros after the various add-ons. Sports Illustrated claims that the delay in the negotiations is because the defender has reportedly changed his agent which has further complicated the negotiations amongst all the three parties involved.
The change of representatives has slowed down the operation vastly, however, City remains patient with the negotiations as they cannot afford to lose their high-value target. Kalidou Koulibaly was also heavily linked with Newcastle United who was willing to offer the player a better contract than the one from the Etihad Stadium, however, the African defender has made it clear that if he has to move this summer it would to City or nothing else.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have also renewed their interest to sign the Serie A defender, however, the probability of the Premier League champions signing Koulibaly this summer seems slim since the owners of Anfield have made it clear that they will not spend big this summer unless the club sells a few players. Sadio Mane has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid and his departure is the only option that the Reds have at signing the Napoli man.
The Sky Blues have already confirmed the departure of Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich and are currently on the look for a replacement. Pep Guardiola believes that the signing of Mikel Oyarzabal of Real Sociedad would fall in the void left by the German winger. The La Liga Santander winger has been performing at an admirable level for the last three seasons now and has scored nine goals along with nine assists so far in the Spanish League.
Pep Guardiola will continue next season at Manchester City and hopes that the ban from UEFA competitions would be uplifted soon enough or else a two-year ban might prove to be suicidal for the Sky Blues of Manchester.