With the Koulibaly affair awaiting developments, the profiles of the young Ostigard, Lucumì and Houtoundji are on the table
The fate of Kalidou Koulibaly (who has the contract expiring in 2023) will be decided shortly, but whatever the evolution of the story (to date it is also conceivable that the Senegalese will remain in blue for another year and then free himself on a free transfer) Napoli is already looking for a “central quarter” to complete the back pack which for the moment has two absolute certainties: Rrahmani (highly confirmed) and Juan Jesus (who has just renewed).
So, the hunt for reinforcement for the rear has started and essentially three names stand out in the notebook of sporting director Giuntoli: Ostigard, Lucumì and Houtoundji. Different profiles and written in order of preference by the blue club that would first of all want a young scorer to grow perhaps right behind Koulibaly and then become the owner starting from the 2023/2024 season. In this sense, Ostigard – which Genoa returned to Brighton after the loan – is obviously the perfect identikit because it combines his skills (physical strength and determination) with the knowledge of the Italian championship which is always a very important aspect for a defender. important. He can still improve tactically but he is only 22 years old (he was born in November 1999) and this is particularly taken into account in Naples because also by virtue of the price tag (about 4 million the British request) it could be realized in the future with Ostigard an important capital gain after having launched it in the international field (so far it has never played a European competition).
One year more than Ostigard and 21 appearances already between Champions and Europa League for Jhon Janer Lucumí Bonilla, Colombian under Genk who has another advantage: he is left-footed. In practice, a “clone” of Koulibaly who, although natural right, almost always plays from the central left. Lucumì has an extraordinary athleticism and then comes from the same club that launched KK before the latter landed at Rafa Benitez’s court. Growing up in Deportivo Cali, Lucumì has his contract expiring in 2023 and this is not only yet another similarity with Koulibaly but also good news for Napoli who want to take him without a big outlay. And if one of the first two goals is not reached, it could turn to the experience of Houtoundji of Clermont, treated even before the winter arrival of Tuanzebe from Manchester United. It is a track to follow, even if for now young people have priority.
June 11 – 5:59 pm
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