Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move for Napoli and Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly this summer. The 31-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Serie A side and an extension is nowhere in sight.
It has made the defender an attractive target for Barça, who are in the market for a strong defense. However, as with the Italian publication, TuttoMercatoWeb, Barcelona will face competition with PSG when they seek out Koulibaly.
The Senegalese defender has made himself one of the strongest and most reliable defenders in Europe. Having spent eight years in Italy, he looks ready to continue this summer, although the possibility of a long stay in Naples may be completely cut short.
Napoli, on the other hand, are open to selling Koulibaly at a fair price to avoid the risk of losing him for free in 2023. An estimated € 40 million has been stated in the tabloids.
Barcelona are eyeing a new defender, despite having the opportunity to announce the arrival of Andreas Christensen.
With Xavi Hernandez bidding farewell to Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet, and Oscar Mingueza, it will be necessary for more than one full-back to arrive this summer, especially as Gerard Pique could be forced into a reduced role.
Jules Kounde has been a key figure in the team, but travel has been difficult due to Sevilla’s needs and competition from other clubs. Koulibaly, to date, is considered the least expensive alternative.
However, PSG’s entry into the equation could make things difficult for Blaugrana. The Parisian giants could lose Presnel Kimpembe this year and give up Sergio Ramos’ injury problems, signing a new defender has become a priority.
The report states that both Barcelona and PSG are in constant contact with Napoli to find out what could take them to sign Koulibaly. The exit looks to have the potential to win the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, but where it will end up this summer remains to be seen.