Newcastle Bid Massive €25M For Senegal Center-Back

There is news in Italy in an exclusive from that Newcastle have submitted a massive bid of around £18.8M (€25M) for 24 year-old 6ft 5ins tall Napoli center-back Kalidou Koulibaly, and that comes after reports yesterday that Newcastle had a bid of £12.8M (€17M) for 24 year-old Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini turned down.

We have been linked with Koulibaly since last summer and there have been reports that Newcastle were interested in the Senegal defender since that time.


Kalidou Koulibaly – 6ft 5ins Napoli center-back

The defender has been in good form for Napoli since finally nailing down a first team place in the Napoli side after Rafa Benitez left for Real Madrid in the summer and he is attracting the attention of a number of clubs.

What´s surprising from earlier reports is the size of the fee which is more than double that previously mentioned.

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.

The last time we were linked with the player was in late December and at that time the player himself was quoted by L´Equipe as saying the following:

“Some teams have tried to sign me, but Napoli said no to several offers, such as €15M from Norwich.”

€15M is around £11.25M

In the report in Calciomercato , Napoli Sports Director Christian Guintoli makes it clear that Koulibaly is not for sale and he doesn´t want to sell him in January.

Newcastle will need to bid big in order to persuade good players to join the club this month, but it´s not going to help that we are in 3rd bottom place in the league and lost our fourth successive game yesterday at Watford.

And for the fourth time in a row we were eliminated at the very first hurdle in the FA Cup.

We now face Manchester United at home on Tuesday night and we must starting winning games if we are to have a chance of surviving relegation this season.

We need about three top players like  Koulibaly and Gabbiadini brought in before the January transfer window closes and we are now nearly one third of the way into the transfer window.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 10, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #1

    We should have had a minimum of 1 player in by now. We needed a boost prior to the Man U game, that is unlikely to happen now, even if we did sign someone then it would be difficult to see them slotting straight in for Tuesday night now.

    I doubt this guy would come anywhere near Newcastle at the moment, same goes for most other good quality players plying their trade with more successful clubs in lesser (or less well paid) leagues. Screwing up in the summer leads to a difficult January.

  • King_Solano

    Jan 10, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #2

    I think you answered your own question.
    Bids have ( supposedly) been made for players but who would want to come atm- hence no signings

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 10, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Why has it taken so long to prepare and submit a bid for this CB. The window has been open a while now right?

    Is it because Coloccini is injured which requires another reactive response in the transfer market.

  • expatmag

    Jan 10, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #4


    It is quite simple really. Which player in their right mind would want to play for this club under this regime considering the club history under this owner?

  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 10, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Not worth it and not going to happen.

  • Belfast

    Jan 10, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Sunday spoof.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 10, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #7


    I suppose there are some players who would see it as a challenge to come to a failing club and ‘turn things around’.

  • hibbitt

    Jan 10, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #8

    ron…………..if there paid enough they will come…… but are they the type of player we nssd

  • Viduka

    Jan 10, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Might be best to start scouring league 1&2… Frenchy 2… SiereB… Etc… Lower half championship clubs?

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 10, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Now need 4 or 5 players. We really could do with this deal happening. If we are aiming this big per player then a crazy bid for gotze would be my ideal. He gets played as midfielder but for me he is a striker and would be prolific in this league.

  • G peart 83

    Jan 10, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Obviously wages was the factor in us not getting shaqiri in the summer playing out of this world for Stoke and we are stuck with thauvin

  • jon.c

    Jan 10, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t worry about transfers now the best will have gone by the end of January and again we will scrape the bottom of the barrel


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