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Napoli chief tells Man Utd Kalidou Koulibaly transfer price as Solskjaers close in.


Napoli chief Aurelio de Laurentiis insists he is under no pressure to sell defender Kalidou Kouliably and has warned Manchester United that they must pay £90million if they want to take the 28-year-old to Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for a new centre-back partner for Harry Maguire, who joined from Leicester last summer for a world record £80million fee.

Koulibaly has fallen down the pecking order at Napoli and found gametime hard to come by before the Serie A season was postponed due to the coronavirus.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has named his price for Kalidou Koulibaly following interest from Manchester United.

A host of top European clubs have been keeping tabs on the Senegalese star, who turns 29 this week.

But if United want to prise Koulibaly away from the San Paolo Stadium then they will have to dig deep into their pockets and break the record fee once again.

“If City or United or PSG with


€100million showed up, I would think about it and it is probable that they would leave, always if [the player's] will was to leave,” De Laurentiis told Corriere dello Sport.

“I don’t even consider an offer of €60million (£55m), I am solid. If I wanted to win the Scudetto at any cost today I would find myself with three, four hundred million debts. “I look around and see companies at 500, 600 million, less a billion, I don’t owe anyone a s**t.” Koulibaly is not the only Napoli player who has attracted interest from foreign clubs ahead of the summer transfer window. Attacker Dries Mertens is also on the radar of Chelsea and Inter Milan as his contract is due to expire at the end of the month.


De Laurentiis is trying to keep hold of the 33-year-old and has tabled an extension.

“He is a street urchin," he said. "We met for breakfast six months ago, it was a revelation, I discovered a special man, intelligent, mentally sharp, a badass.

"Renewing the contract for a 33-year-old footballer is not part of our habits, but with Mertens it was simple, natural.

"I will say more when he has stopped playing, I would like to find him a role to continue the collaboration."

Fellow Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli explained how far on the negotiations with Mertens had progressed.

“I know the lawyers are working on it," he said. "He wants to stay and we intend to keep him, so there’s only one result that can come from that." 

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