Manchester City ‘set to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly for £72m.
The Premier League side are strongly linked with a move for the Senegalese international as Pep Guardiola looks to bolster his defence ahead of the 2020-21 top-flight season.
According to transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla, City bid around £58million for the 29-year-old earlier this summer, which was rejected by the Italian side.
Manchester City continue their Champions League journey when they face Lyon in the quarter-finals on Saturday evening. The winner of that contest will take on Bayern Munich, who thumped Barcelona 8-2 on Friday night.
The same report says that Napoli have a deal in place for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, who is expected to be Koulibaly’s replacement at the southern Italian club.
The Brazilian centre-back has been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton in recent weeks.
Kouliably has been a revelation for the Serie A side since his arrival in southern Italy in 2014.
The 6ft 1 in defender has helped Napoli challenge for European spots and sometimes even the Scudetto title in recent seasons.
The 29-year-old has made nearly 250 appearances for the Serie A side since arriving six years ago from Genk, scoring ten goals.
He was part of the side who lifted the Italian Cup earlier this season, beating league champions Juevntus in a tense penalty shoutout. He also helped Napoli win the Italian Super Cup back in 2014.
The transfer window ends on October 5, with Guardiola’s side starting their Premier League campaign on September 12.