France Football report that 29-year-old Senegalese international central defender Kalidou Koulibaly has agreed personal terms with Manchester City ahead of a possible transfer from Napoli.
Aurelio De Laurentiis bought the player for €8m from Genk in 2014 – three years ago, on his yacht in the South of France, Roman Abramovitch met with Koulibaly’s entourage and the Napoli president to sign him for Chelsea – but De Laurentiis refused, despite the Blues making a major offer.
Last season, he was a target for Manchester United, but the Red Devils stopped at €80m. PSG sounded out the player as well, but feel he is too expensive in the current climate.
City are in negotiations via Txiki Begiristain to sign the player, who has already agreed personal terms with Koulibaly – now City, must agree a fee with Napoli, who have yet to receive a concrete bid.
Koulibaly would like to move on, but he will not go on strike to achieve that aim. In the Premier League however, he could see his salary increase by a multiple of two or three and he will finally be able to exploit his own image rights.