The agent of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has spoken to Radio Kiss Kiss about his client’s current value after Virgil van Dijk’s big move from Southampton to Liverpool.
Last week, it was announced that Dutch international defender Virgil van Dijk was joining Liverpool from Southampton once the January transfer window opened for business earlier this week for a reported fee of £75 million – or roughly €85 million.
Earlier this evening, the agent of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Bruno Satin, spoke to Radio Kiss Kiss about his client’s current value after the new Reds defender completed his move to Merseyside, telling the station:
“I do not know what his value is, it really depends on who sells and who buys. van Dijk was considered the best defender in England, and there was an auction for him, so you cannot make comparisons between the two players. It depends on the context.”
Over the past few summers, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have been hot on the trail for the Senegalese international’s signature, but were unable to bring him to London after having a reported £50 million bid turned away by Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis.
Recently, multiple reports have claimed La Liga giants Barcelona are ready to launch an assault this summer for the 26-year old as a replacement for Javier Mascherano who is likely to move on. There is the possibility that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City jump back in the race after the current Premier League leaders are believed to have been denied on a bid of their own.
Guardiola places tremendous value in quality ball-playing central defenders, which is one of the reasons why City have intensified their interest in Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti who also fits the billing.
However, despite currently having a relatively inexpensive release clause of €60 million on his contract, convincing the Catalan club to part ways with the French centre-half will be no easy feat as they will look to lock him up long-term with a new contract and increased clause that would likely exceed €100 million.
Should City fail in their attempt to land Umtiti, there is a strong chance Guardiola will make Koulibaly a top priority in the summer, though prodding him from his friend Maurizio Sarri will be no simple task – especially if the Partenopei manage to win the Scudetto this season.