Everton eyeing move for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly

It’s no secret that Everton are interested in Kalidou Koulibaly. But who isn’t?

The reports in England suggested that Everton are eyeing move for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

Napoli spent 11 million euros to sign the Senegal international from Genk in the summer of 2014. The 29-year-old has a valid contract with Napoli until June 2023.

This season, Koulibaly has scored one goal in 31 appearances.

Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly

The 29-year-old is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Senegal. His record for Senegal is also impressive. Koulibaly has scored one goal in 43 matches for Senegal at senior level.

The centre-back is set to be a man in demand in the summer transfer window, with a host of clubs queuing up to pursue his signature.

By the club’s own admission, Koulibaly is Everton’s number one transfer target.

The Senegal international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of defensive player Carlo Ancelotti wants to target in the summer transfer window.

Everton
Everton

The Toffees are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.

The Napoli star heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.

According to the report,”Everton have joined the race for Napoli stopper Kalidou Koulibaly. Napoli have reportedly slashed their asking price for the 29-year-old, who is out of contract in June 2023. Manchester United have made secret of their desire to sign Koulibaly, but they are not alone. Liverpool and Chelsea have also been linked. And Football Insider believes Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen on a reunion with his former defender. Ancelotti coached Koulibaly in Naples for two seasons. Napoli were originally demanding €100m for Koulibaly but would now accept half of that amount.”

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The Toffees have to fork out a huge transfer fee if they are genuinely interested in the Senegal international.

The Italian giants are preparing to sell their centre-back should they receive a massive offer for him.

Kalidou Koulibaly ideal fit for Everton?

Kalidou Koulibaly would be a fantastic recruit for Everton.

A centre-back of Koulibaly’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Everton squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Ancelotti’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his defensive department.

It will be interesting to see if Everton are willing to pay the asking price for Koulibaly.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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