There’s news today that Newcastle are interested in Napoli’s 24 year-old center-back Kalidou Koulibaly, and the defender stands 6’5″ tall and has played 3 times for Senegal.
The news is in teamTALK and they are reporting he is one of the list of targets at Newcastle – which according to them does include center-backs – which is different from what we heard in the Chronicle last week.
Napoli’s center-back Kalidou Koulibaly
We have so far conceded 34 goals this season and it’s the second worst only to Sunderland and it doesn’t take a genius to tell you that Newcastle’s back line is a weakness of the side – and has been for three years.
But with Newcastle being in 3rd bottom place in the Premier league it’s going to be a very hard sell for Newcastle to the player – to get him to move to a club in severe danger of relegation this season.
And Napoli are having another good season and are currently in 3rd place in Serie A on 35 points – only one point behind leaders Inter-Milan after 17 games played.
Koulibaly was signed from Belgian club Gent in the summer of last year, and he has so far played 59 times and is playing well and seems settled at Napoli – which will make it even more difficult for Newcastle to sign this player next month.
Koulibaly was born and raised in France by Senegalese parents, and was eligible to play for both countries.
He played 11 times for the U-20 French youth side starting in 2011, but in early September decided to play for Senegal and he made his debut in September in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia in a 2–0 win.
It doesn’t look like Newcastle will have much chance of signing this player as his agent Bruno Satin has recently told Tutto Napoli that his client is settled in Italy:
“Napoli has always been the first choice of Kalidou. He wants to stay to reach great levels in Naples, and wanted to prove to coach to earn a starting role.
“We are not concerned about his contract. He is doing well in the field, and he is happy and motivated.”
It will be interesting to see if Newcastle do try to strengthen the defense next month.
With Ashley’s only real motivation being to keep Newcastle in the Premier League – and with the team now in 3rd bottom place and now odds-on to be relegated – we could see more players coming in next month than if we were higher up in the league.
That’s the way the club is run these days – but we may have left it too late this season already.
We are 8/11 on to be relegated by SkyBet after yesterday’s second successive defeat – behind only Aston Villa and Sunderland and next in the betting is Norwich at 11/4 – and Norwich have won two of their last three games.
What do you think?