Napoli president De Laurentiis has joking mock Barcelona in the race to sign Kalidou Koulibaly this summer
Napoli’s president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, has shot down such rumours
He said that Barcelona is yet to ask for the Senegalese centre-back and cast doubt as to whether they have the money.
He also said that Napoli has no interest in a swap deal with Barcelona that would see Miralem Pjanic join Napoli.
Barcelona is determined to strengthen both their defence and their attack this summer and have been linked with Koulibaly as well as Sevilla’s promising young centre-back Jules Kounde.
They’ve already closed a deal to sign Andreas Christensen from Chelsea on a free transfer and are in negotiations with his Spanish teammates Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.
But Koulibaly, whose contract with Napoli ends in the summer of 2023
However, appears to be beyond their reach going by De Laurentiis’ comments. Whether that holds firm or not is unknown.
Time will tell.
Napoli president De Laurentiis tells Gerard Romero: “Barcelona have not asked for Koulibaly and I think Barca don’t have enough money to sign any player”.
“We’re not interested in any swap deal”, De Laurentiis said about Pjanic rumours.