Friday August 14 2020
Koulibaly and City stall Gabriel to Napoli

Manchester City have reportedly offered €65m for Kalidou Koulibaly, but Napoli are not prepared to drop their asking price below €80m, stalling Gabriel from Lille.

Multiple Italian reports including La Repubblica claim a deal has already been done with Lille for centre-back Gabriel Magalhanes for €20m.

However, having just purchased Victor Osimhen from the same club for €50m plus bonuses, Orestis Karnezis and three youth team players, Napoli need to sell first.

This is becoming a problem, because Aurelio De Laurentiis won’t accept under €80m for Koulibaly, and Il Mattino newspaper insists so far Manchester City’s top bid is €65m.

The more the situation drags on, the more likely Everton can step in and snatch Gabriel away.

There is another alternative, which would be selling Nikola Maksimovic, although the 28-year-old Serbia international would not bring in anywhere near as much revenue.

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