The defender’s future remains in doubt. And the club meanwhile takes caution. Senesi and Saliba in the sights
Let’s be clear, before selling Koulibaly, Napoli will make accurate technical and environmental considerations but the fact that the blue club has already set the price (35-40 million) and that the negotiation for the renewal of the contract expiring in 2023 in practice has not yet started (given the distance between the parties), physiologically it has put Cristiano Giuntoli in a position to start thinking about alternatives to the Senegalese. If KK were to leave, perhaps destination Barcelona because the Blaugrana are trying to solve their economic problems before submitting an offer, Napoli will not be found unprepared.
Obviously, you work on multiple names and it’s hard to figure out which one tops the list. Feyenoord’s Senesi is on the notebook of all major European clubs looking for a level defender and has the parameters suitable for Napoli’s needs (starting with the contract expiring in 2023 just like Koulibaly). There would be strong competition to win but the blue club can put on the plate participation in the Champions League and – in fact – an important legacy like that of Koulibaly. Furthermore, for months, Napoli have been monitoring Kim Min Jae, a South Korean from Fenerbahce who did very well in his first year in Europe (40 appearances this season). He would cost less than Senesi, but he has a contract with the Turkish club until 2025 and it will not be easy to take him away from the Bosphorus.
The name of William Saliba, 21 years old and an exceptional season at Marseille, has climbed positions in the last hours but he will have to return him to Arsenal because the Gunners had only given him on loan. They could bet on him in London, otherwise Napoli are ready. The idea that the new Koulibaly comes from Genk (the team from which Napoli took the Senegalese) is suggestive: the left-handed Jhon Lucumì has been proposed, who has depopulated in Belgium and who has his contract expiring in 2023. However, it could be the profile suitable as a “central quarter” because Napoli are also looking for a reinforcement in place of Tuanzebe (who returned to Manchester United). Ostigaard remains attentive but Brighton is proving to be a tough customer and so eyes on Clermont’s Cedric Houtoundji – already requested in January before Tuanzebe’s arrival. Who knows if he is the surprise name chosen to complete the back pack.
June 9, 2022 (change June 9, 2022 | 11:56 am)
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