Tuesday July 24 2018
‘Napoli rejected €100m for Koulibaly’

Aurelio De Laurentiis claims he rejected a €100m bid from an unnamed Premier League club for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Koulibaly had been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United earlier in the summer, but De Laurentiis affirmed the Senegalese was going nowhere, while revealing Guillermo Ochoa or Francesco Bardi could arrive as cover for injured goalkeeper Alex Meret.

“It’s true, we had a €100m bid from the Premier League for Koulibaly, but we’re not negotiating his sale,” the President told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“He’s a very good person and we’ve never had problems with him. Ochoa and Bardi? They’re two real possibilities on the market.

“We want to give Meret the chance to recover without pushing him. He’s a young lad and we can’t put pressure on him.”

ANSA also reports the patron denied Napoli were in for Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud or Fernando Llorente, dismissed the idea Vlad Chiriches could join Sassuolo and confirmed Cristiano Giuntoli would stay on as sporting director.