Agent Of Newcastle Target Speaks Of Possible Move


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.


116 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 30, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Next

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  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s his agent who’s angling to screw more money out of Napoli or whoever’ll pay it.

    It won’t be NUFC but it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up.

    Oh, and there is the small matters of a lack of Prem experience and the AfCoN.

    Ah, but mere detail

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 30, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Lesh

    Prem experience counts for nothing mate, another myth. Look at the best players in the prem, none of them had any prem experience at some point. Torres had plenty of prem experience so common consensus would have it that he’d of excelled at Chelsea, same with Carroll at Liverpool and Downing.

    Leicester have Kante no prem experience bought for 5.6m this season and he’s won more interceptions than any other player in European football

    West Ham….Payet need I say more on him.

    For a player to be successful everything needs to be important, especially the type of club they are and the football they play!!

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  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Our Toon

    But how long does it usually take a stranger to the Prem to bed in?

    There are exceptions I know but surely we need players who can get into the team in the positions we need strengthening and make a difference from day one. We can’t afford to fanny on with Carr’s usual offerings!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 30, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Our toon

    Spot on as usual. If you’re good enough you’ll adapt quickly. Clubs are 90% foreign players and coaches now so familiarise far quicker these days and hit the ground running.

    Many English players sometimes have difficulty adapting to moving clubs

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 30, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Put me in charge and I’ll sign Glik, Shelvey and Robertson.

    It’s that easy. Sign them and we stay up and can look forward to next season. Then sign Austin on a free in the summer.

    Schteve is losing the faith fast!

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 30, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Villa in talks to bring Remy in on loan…would be worth a punt for half a season,Gotta be better than Riviere or Cisse in our ranks to rely on

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 30, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Shelvey really is a no brainer. Playmaker with a good range of passing, fairly mobile, can crack shots from distance, soemthing nobody else in the squad can do, so adds another threat and he can take set-pieces better than anybody we currently have.

    Robertson likewise, in an attacking sense, he and Dummet are night and day. Dummet simply isn’t comfortabel on the ball, which is astonishing or a pro footballer, never mind PL level. Robertson is quicker, a natural on the ball, has a good cross and links up well, alos has the engine to get up and down for 90.

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  • MadisonToon

    Dec 30, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Shelvey is a good move. I like the idea of Dzagoev, but I’m not sure he’d be any better than Shelvey. Shelvey works hard, doesn’t give up, can see a pass and is English – counts toward our homegrown total which is important since we all agree that some of those players need to go [Dummett, willo, etc.]. Dzagoev might provide a better attacking player and could provide better vision and creation, but could also be an expensive flop which worries me a bit – we don’t have the time to waste on another one of those.

    On this thread, this lad could be fine but doesn’t look to be moving before the summer and we need to fix our problems sooner than the summer. If we are in the Championship next season, nobody we should be aiming for will be signed so we can’t play the waiting game. The ball’s in your court Ashley, what are you going to do?

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 30, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Lesh and Rotonda

    I’d take a Cisse type signing now similar to the season when we finished 5th. 13 goals in 14 games was it?

    Problem we have is no matter who signs if anyone, they’ll be in a dogfight…..the atmosphere will be different and difficult….pressure will be extreme. I’m not holding my breath under McClaren….think if he’s shipped out then we stand a better chance of survival, if you insist on playing 2 ball winners with 1 person in the box at all times you’ll struggle no matter who’s bought in over January.

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  • hibbitt

    Dec 30, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #11

    we can all huff and puff as much as we want…. put name forward…. say players are good or bad…. make out we all could do a better job….. but only one man rules this club only the format he wants will happen no one else matters to mr ashley

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  • nightfa11

    Dec 30, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #12
  • jazzyp

    Dec 30, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Madison
    Kalidou could turn out o be a good signing. but do you not think that this constant signing of 5-6 mill players that just keeps us ticking over is finally taking its toll on the club.
    Van dijk would have been a perfect signing and slotted in at the back without a problem as he has at the saints

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  • nearly

    Dec 30, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #14

    sometimes i love the crack on here have i really just read on an earlier post calling for marveux to be given a chance as he is a proper no 10 REALLY

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  • Jib

    Dec 30, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #15

    McClaren has found the Pardew quatation book at Benton

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/steve-mcclaren-talks-surprise-new-10667927

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  • Jib

    Dec 30, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #16

    quotation even

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 30, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Our Toon
    Your acclaimed book of tactics. On which page do I find 5 players marking nobody while leaving 4 opposition players attacking the 6 yard box where there are only 2 defenders? I’m dying to hear this.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 30, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Nearly
    We need a creative type player like Marveaux who can pick out a pass. Anita and Colback are too similar. As are Sissoko and Gini. None can regularly pick out a telling pass. When Marveaux at his best would be ideal now.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 30, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Graham Carr might just save the day with our new signing. Like a new signing. Manu Riviere. You couldn’t make it up. Getting f***** Armstrong back. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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  • Jib

    Dec 30, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Fulham have appointed Macabee Tel Aviv manager Slavisa Jokanovic as manager

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Getting. I mean get.

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  • nearly

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #22

    blackley and brownlie

    as i say REALLY .no doubts we need a creative player but marveux he is bone idle no work rate and gives up far to easily he shows some good touches but do you really think he is worth a try , im not a sissoko fan hope they sell him and let him live his dream of champions league football good luck with that dont think he will ever be more than a squad player at a champions league club,thats why he is still playing for us ,no way is he to similar to wini , wini is a proper no 10 just hasnt got the players around him yet and is playing out of position but it will come nxt year youll see ,i think anita is a quality player who is being destroyed by playing as a defensive midfielder along side colback i really think he is best suited as left hand side midfielder maybe we will see nxt season when a quality leftback comes in if they they dont sell him before then

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Only reason there is any thought of keeping Manu at the club is that we must be preparing for the Championship.
    There is desperate then there is Riviere !!

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Blackley

    You won’t find it in any coaching book unless it’s one made up by you maybe!!

    Everyone….almost everyone has blamed Darlow but you. You don’t understand how a defensive unit is supposed to work, the only thing that was apparent is you’ve never played the sport or haven’t been involved in any capacity be it junior or Senior standard of football.

    The goal wasn’t scored by the 2 free lads on the back post, it was scored by a late run from midfield (which happens alot) by a player who was in between Janmaat and Mbemba. Defensively it was one of our best performances, blocks, interceptions etc. So your argument holds no water mate. It’s an illogical rant over opposition players being free who did nothing to score the goal.

    Darlow should have saved it, I said yesterday you’ll argue otherwise until you are blue in the face because that’s you. I’m not always right amd can be swayed by opinion but I can hold my hand up and say I’m wrong, you are laughable in this relentless defence of Darlow.

    I’ll cut the youngster some slack because it’s a tough environment to come in especially mentally but it was an unfortunate error by the keeper who didn’t cover himself in glory by letting the ball squirm past him.

    For the record when the LB pushes out to close down a cross the Left CB has to push past the near post to close the gap between him and the LB, the RCB come more central to cover for the LCB and the right back ends up on the back post to cover for the RCB, the right winger is also pushed in…..that’s how it should work. I’ll check up some classes for you to attend, get you away from the Colo scapegoating lessons you’ve been taking buddy

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib

    Is that the same bloke who got Watford promoted?

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Nearly
    I haven’t a clue what happened to Marveaux or what state he’s in now. But I liked him when he was playing well. Very creative.

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  • MadisonToon

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #27

    jazzyp

    Van Dijk would have been a really good purchase. I think Ashley sees the big impact some 5-6m players have (Payet, Kante, etc.) and thinks he could get one or two and then that’s our strategy. Hopefully we see a new plan come into play soon but I doubt it.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #28

    jib

    that was announced a couple of days ago. is your google not as state of the art and cutting edge as you thought.

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  • Jib

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Our Toon
    Yeah he fell out with Watford (over money – what else ?) and Flores replaced him.

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Relegated or staying in the prem I don’t think Gini will be here. Someone will snap him up, Chelsea, Man utd or some other good CL club.

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib

    Ahh yes thought it was him, surprising Watford let him go, Mr Flores is doing well though with players who have less technical ability. A manager who is getting the best out of what he has!!

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Blackley, problem for Steve is that Marv is a bit powder puff and wont last long in central midfield. We have players like De Jong ( overrated crock ) , Sissoko ( fraud, as i have been saying for 3 years ) and Wiji and the manager doesnt really know where to play them because he didnt choose them. The system is a mess at the club. If Sam keeps the makems up we are gone. I was certain he would save them, but am hoping they have too many bad players. Sadly its vital that they have to be really bad, because we are running out of teams to mess up. I have a feeling WBA could fall late.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #33

    our toon
    i think it all boils down to how much is spent now, the position we are in at the end off the season,and the early money spent in the summer…that will decide where gini ends up….he’s done good but has had some poor games so not convinced the biggest clubs will scrapping over him,relegaton he’ll be gone like a lot of players

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  • croftus5678

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #34

    even though colo is in gret form over the last 2 games koulibaly would be a huge great signing imo.

    we should go all out for him and shelvey and austin imo.

    ——————-elliott—————–
    jan——mbem——kou———hair
    siss——wij——–shel———-thau
    ————mit——aus—————–

    elliott has earnt 1st place above krul imo and even though i’d love a lw and another lb like willems and rb for janmaat cover i think i’m being very greedy 😉

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Our Toon
    The only way you’ll see that sort of defending in a coaching manual is on the page “How not to do it”. Colo should have a chapter all of his own.

    BTW, I never said Darlow couldn’t have done better. But that cross could’ve landed on any of those 4 attackers heads and Fletcher could easily have given Darlow or any goalkeeper no chance whatsoever.

    I suppose you believe Colo is up to the job because this is how we invariably concede and you attach no blame to him. Why do you reckon most fans have been clamouring for a top CB? Is it to replace Mbemba or act as cover for Colo?

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Springy

    Aye kind of agree on that but other teams will look at the club he’s at and he’s surrounded by a vast amount of rubbish especially in the managerial department but has managed to get 7 goals….he’ll get double figures and for a midfielder in a struggling team that’s some return!! Add to that he’s playing out of position

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #37

    croftus
    i’d agree with you about elliot…he’s done well deserves his chance and tbh krul has been iffy for a while now….gini alongside someone like shelvey would be worth looking at but i have’nt been convinced by gini when he’s dropped in the cm recently….looks lost… but maybe playing alongside someone like shelvey could get the best out of him maybe?

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  • nearly

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #38

    our toon

    if we were to sort ourselves out as a team and start pushing up the league you would be surprised at the quality of players that would love to come here,gini is no different why do you think he came in the first place he had offers from top teams that play in the champions league every year ,also he had offers from premier league clubs,lots of players love this football club and would come here at a click of a finger if we started showing the ambition that is being promised

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #39

    our toon
    if gini has crackin second half to the season then ya right keeping him will be hard,but if he does theres every chance we’ll still be a prem league side, so that changes a few things…..al ifs and buts at min tho!lol

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 30, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Blackley

    I don’t think Colo is up to the job, I just don’t scapegoat hin for every goal conceded, your argument is based on ifs and buts, if you watch a game back you could point to ifs and buts 100 times plus but it means sweet fa…..because it never happened!!

    Wow they had 2 players free on the back post that didn’t affect the play, let’s blame the defence and midfield. Let’s forget the fact the man between the sticks let’s it go through his hands….the goalkeeper is your last line of defence, if any team defended as well as you expect us to then they wouldn’t need a keeper. I’ll stick to my opinion that you have no clue about football and you can stick to your opinion.

    I’m happy to disagree with you and you are happy to disagree with the vast majority

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