Newcastle United are reportedly trying to bring in Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly to resolve their defence issues.
However, Napoli is said to resist any approach from Newcastle and it is unlikely that the defender would leave for England, given that Napoli is second in the
Italian league and he has been playing consistently well for Napoli.
Kalidou moved to Napoli from Genk 18 months ago and the Senegalese defender is set for a long career with the Naples.
There is a £8m buy-out clause in Koulibaly’s contract which the Magpies are trying to exploit.
But, Kalidou’s agent Bruno Satin has confirmed,
Quoted by Italian website Tuttonapoli, Satin said: “Napoli has always been the first choice of [Kalidou].
“He wants to stay to reach great levels in Naples, and wanted… to earn [a starting role].
“He is doing well in the field, and he is happy and motivated.”
Magpies boss Steve McClaren is desperate to bolster the defence as the Magpies have conceded the second-most goals in the league.
The defender was also wanted by Norwich City last summer, but a possible move to Premier league did not transpire.
Napoli, which is having an excellent campaign this season are reluctant to let go of the big defender.
The fans were concerned that the player may leave for better offers, but his agent has cooled their nerves confirming that he is happy at Napoli.
In the last couple of weeks, rumours have arose that teams like Wolfsburg, Everton, and Southampton are also keeping a close watch on the defender, as
they are in dire need of a centre-back.
The confirmed news by his agent brought relief to Napoli fans as his departure would have left a gaping hole in the defence.
Kalidou’s main asset is his adaptability and versatility as he is capable of playing as a central defender,right-back and also a defensive midfielder, which is
precisely the reason why Newcastle are trying to sign him to step-up their leaky and shaky defence.