News from Italy today that Newcastle United this week have had an initial offer for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly turned down by Napoli – and the offer is though to have been around £6M.
Newcastle were only linked with the Senegal International yesterday but it will be difficult to get this man to Tyneside next month.
Kalidou Koulibaly – initial 8M turned down
Sky Sport Italia ar reporting that newcatsle made a bid in the region of €8M (£5.9M) million for the Senegalese defender, which was firmly turned down by President Aurelio De Laurentiis.
The 24 year-old Koulibaly was signed from Belgian club Gent in the summer of last year, and he has so far played 59 times for Napoli and is playing well and settled at Napoli – and that 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’s good that Newcastle are trying to fortify the central defense which has been a weakness of some time – it’s just a pity we didn’t do that in the summer – but that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now.
It’s also promising that Newcastle are trying to bring players in early in January – we need as much as help as we can get and as early as possible.
With Newcastle being 3rd bottom of the Premier league it will not be easy to get good players to Newcastle next month – but every effort has to be made to sign them, so we have a decent chance of retaining our Premier League status.
Things don’t look all that good – at least not at the moment.