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Saturday September 12 2020
Losing Koulibaly would take Napoli backwards

Selling Kalidou Koulibaly would be a smart move financially for Napoli, but a devastating and unforced error on the sporting plane, argues Lee Bushe.

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis spoke of his willingness to sell Kalidou Koulibaly this transfer window, stating that for the right price, another club was free to take him. That price is reported to be in the region of €75m, with Manchester City the forerunners for quite some time now.

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Friday September 11 2020
Gattuso: 'Milik out, Koulibaly could stay'

Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso confirms Arkadiusz Milik is out of the squad, but ‘Kalidou Koulibaly won’t leave unless the club gets his asking price.’

Milik was left out of today’s 4-0 friendly win over Pescara amid negotiations with Roma, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur.

“We were very clear with Milik last year, we told him that he had to renew his contract, but he refused to do so and knows our view on this,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday September 10 2020
Gazzetta: Koulibaly to Man City close

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Manchester City are prepared to raise their Kalidou Koulibaly offer to €70m plus bonuses, which Napoli would accept.

The negotiations have been slower than expected because of the frosty rapport between the two clubs, going back to the failed Jorginho transfer a couple of years ago.

They are communicating entirely via intermediaries such as Fali Ramadani to work out the terms.

Napoli dropped the original €90m asking price and Manchester City are raising theirs from €65m plus bonuses.

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Wednesday September 9 2020
Koulibaly: Man City breakthrough or PSG?

While some reports suggest PSG are entering the fray for Kalidou Koulibaly, others maintain Napoli will sell to Manchester City later this week.

The asking price was originally over €100m, fell to €80m and is now closer to €70m plus bonuses.

Sky Sport Italia claim Paris Saint-Germain are ready to intercept, taking advantage of the very tense rapport between Napoli and Manchester City, which goes back to the Jorginho deal that never went through.

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Monday September 7 2020
Napoli approach for Denayer

Reports in Belgium claim that Napoli, Atletico Madrid and Arsenal are interested in Olympique Lyonnais and Belgium defender Jason Denayer.

The asking price for the centre-back is believed to be circa €30m.

According to both Nieuwsblad and Het Laatste Nieuws, Napoli are the favourites to secure his signature and see him as an ideal replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly.

It’s widely reported Koulibaly is on the verge of a move to Manchester City for €70m plus bonuses.

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Sunday September 6 2020
Mixed reports on Koulibaly to Man City

There are mixed reports on Kalidou Koulibaly, as while some sources claim a Manchester City deal is imminent for €70m plus bonuses, others state Napoli are demanding €90m.

Sportitalia are confident Koulibaly has already accepted personal terms with City worth €10m per season net plus €2m in bonuses.

Sky Sport Italia too maintain Napoli would accept €70m plus bonuses, an offer that is expected to come in over the next few days.

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Sunday September 6 2020
Napoli keep an eye on Chiesa

Napoli could make a late summer bid for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa once they sell Kalidou Koulibaly and Arkadiusz Milik, it’s suggested.

The Italy international was hot property on the transfer market and has been told he can leave for the right price, believed to be around €60m.

However, his recent form and the financial effects of the pandemic have seen the offers whittle down to practically nothing.

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Sunday September 6 2020
Report: Koulibaly agrees terms with Man City

Kalidou Koulibaly has reportedly agreed personal terms with Manchester City worth up to €12m per season, so now the club must strike a deal with Napoli.

According to Sportitalia transfer expert Alfredo Pedullà, the defender has accepted a contract proposal from Manchester City.

It’s believed to be worth €9m per season upfront, plus up to €3m in performance-related bonuses.

This would effectively double his current salary at the Stadio San Paolo.

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Saturday September 5 2020
Man City close to Koulibaly deal

Manchester City are close to the breakthrough for Kalidou Koulibaly, reportedly raising their offer for the Napoli defender to €70m plus bonuses.

According to both Sky Sport Italia and Sportitalia, the negotiations are reaching a key moment via intermediary Fali Ramadani.

The previous bid of €65m plus bonuses was rejected, while Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis is prepared to drop slightly below the €80m asking price.

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Friday September 4 2020
Man City to increase Koulibaly bid

Manchester City are expected to raise their offer for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly to €75m, including add-ons and bonuses.

This is still below the €80-85m asking price, but certainly closer than the previous bid of €65m.

According to Sky Sport Italia and Sportitalia, the Citizens will increase their proposal to a cash sum plus bonuses to reach €75m.

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