There is news today in Italy on Newcastle defensive target – Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly – and his agent Bruno Satin has been talking to Radio Crc and sheds some light on the situation with the player and how Newcastle are involved.
Koulibaly only joined Napoli in the summer of 2014, and is he is now getting regular playing time under new coach Maurizio Sarri, but when he first arrived then Napoli coach Rafael Benitez – now at real Madrid, didn’t play him much and didn’t have him as a starter in the side.
Napoli’s 24 year-old central defender Kalidou Koulibaly
This is what Bruno Satin has said today:
“At the start of the year he wasn’t so happy because he wasn’t getting a lot of game time.” “This season he’s got the coach’s backing and he’s growing a lot, he wants to reach even further heights.”
When the right time comes we may discuss a renewal, but if Napoli want to keep him then they have to consider the fact that Newcastle United could offer an even better deal.”
“It’s normal though that Newcastle will of course try their best to sign him when they are trying to escape relegation whilst Napoli are aiming to win the league.”
“There are no problems between the player and club and when the time comes to discuss a new contract we will do so calmly,”
“Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis can make his offer and then Koulibaly will decide on his future.” “We are still in contact with all the big clubs, but he won’t leave Naples in January.”
Koulibaly already has a contract that runs though June of 2019, so it seems Newcastle’s best chance of getting the player is to offer him a good deal and hope for two things.
One is that Naples don’t give him a good counter offer, and then the second thing is that he is willing to join Newcastle, who are struggling against relegation.
There are other Premier League clubs also interested in the player.
Newcastle have reportedly already had a £6M offer for the player turned down for Koulibaly, but we assume the club will go back in with a bigger offer.
In order to be successful in this January transfer window Newcastle must be prepared to pay a little over the odds for their targets, given that our Premier League survival is at stake.