Manchester City have reportedly identified Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly as one of their top transfer targets.
Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, journalist Duncan Castles confirmed that City are interested in signing Koulibaly this summer as Pep Guardiola wants to reinforce his defensive options.
The defender, who has been linked with Liverpool in the last few weeks, is reportedly open to a transfer this summer, but he only wants to join one of Europe’s best clubs and City certainly meet that criteria, given their amazing domestic success over the last few years.
Man United and Paris Saint-Germain are also said to hold an interest in the 28-year-old too and those two clubs would almost certainly have the financial power to sign the defender from Napoli, despite the effects that the global pandemic is having on the spending ability of clubs across the globe.
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When the links to Koulibaly emerged, we thought it was highly unlikely that he would move to Liverpool, but a transfer to City seems a bit more likely.
Unlike Liverpool, City have a desperate need for a first-choice centre-back to partner Aymeric Laporte, and they likely have the financial power to get him too.
However, one potential issue could be City’s European ban, which will see them expelled from the Champions League for two seasons, if it holds up after their appeal.
From a Liverpool point of view, Koulibaly moving to City would be a bit of a worry as he has the talent to help improve their defensive capabilities, which in turn, will make them an even tougher opponent in future title races.