Monday September 28 2020
Man City end Koulibaly pursuit

Manchester City have reportedly informed Napoli they are no longer interested in Kalidou Koulibaly after spending €53m plus Nicolas Otamendi on Ruben Dias.

The Senegal international had been Pep Guardiola’s number one target in defence for several years, but this summer was the closest they came to a deal.

Despite Napoli declaring they were open to a sale, Manchester City never reached the asking price of at least €75-80m.

Instead, the Premier League side finalised the transfer today for Ruben Dias of Benfica, paying €53m cash plus defender Otamendi.

Sky Sport Italia and Guardian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Manchester City then informed Napoli that their pursuit of Koulibaly was over.

PSG are the only other genuine candidates, but they too cannot spend too much on the transfer market this summer.

“I think Koulibaly is staying, we are very happy and so is he. I believe that he is staying,” Napoli director of sport Cristiano Giuntoli told Sky Sport Italia on Sunday.