Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has recently been linked with a switch to Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger apparently looking to bolster the back line. The player himself has now suggested that he’ll be looking for an exit this summer too, which is a real boost in our hunt for his signature, as reported by French outlet L’Equipe.
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The 24-year-old is one of the brightest young centre-backs around, so understandably he’s being linked with a move to a number of high profile clubs. The report suggests Chelsea and Bayern Munich are two of the clubs we’re apparently facing competition from, although with Bayern signing Mats Hummels and Chelsea not even in the Champions League next season, you’d hope we have the edge.
Koulibaly wasn’t shy about revealing his plans for the future, suggesting that he wanted a move to not only advance his career, but to secure a financial boost too.
“My situation? I have three years on my contract,” Koulibaly said (via L’Equipe).
“I was very happy at the time when I signed a five-year deal but now I had a great season and I have many offers on the table.
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“I want to make the right decision from a financial and sporting standpoint.
“Many great clubs want me and I have no news from Napoli. I get the impression I may leave. I want to keep growing perhaps by going abroad.
“Have I spoken to [new Chelsea manager] Conte? No, but it could happen. If Napoli doesn’t contact me I will start talking to other clubs.”
While the rules are regularly abused in modern football, the Senegalese international certainly seems a little confused. It’s most definitely illegal for him to talk to other clubs unless a bid has been accepted or Napoli have given him permission, but he doesn’t seem too bothered by that.
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He doesn’t rule out staying at Napoli, so he may simply be angling for a wage hike with the Italian side. If he is genuinely looking for a way out we could definitely provide him with one though, and he’d hopefully prove an excellent partner for Laurent Koscielny.