Manchester City may reportedly supply Eric Garcia to Napoli in a bid to signal Kalidou Koulibaly this summer season, talkSPORT has been advised.
City have already sealed the signing of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth in a £41million deal, however one other defender is being focused as Pep Guardiola seeks to regain the Premier League title within the 2020/21 season.
And talkSPORT’s switch skilled Alex Criminal defined how Garcia may very well be used to convey high goal Koulibaly to the Etihad.
“[Koulibaly is] a kind of gamers who comes up again and again presently of yr, however by no means fairly appears to get the transfer,” Criminal stated on Wednesday’s White and Sawyer present.
“We all know Manchester City are actually eager, having already signed Nathan Ake, to get Koulibaly to the Etihad, and there may very well be some sort of half change within the offing.
“Eric Garcia could be very a lot on Napoli’s listing to exchange Koulibaly – possibly he’ll welcome the transfer. He solely performed 13 video games within the Premier League.
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“Clearly Pep is trying to rejuvenate his again line and this may very well be a transfer which fits each events.”
Koulibaly, who was strongly linked with a transfer to Manchester United final summer season, has established himself as one of many best defenders in Europe since his transfer from Genk in 2014, making 246 appearances for the Serie A giants.
Nonetheless, Etihad chiefs are reluctant to stump up Napoli’s £63m asking value for the 29-year-old and are assessing choices to decrease the worth.
talkSPORT co-host Ally McCoist believes Koulibaly can have an analogous have an effect on to Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool if a high Premier League membership does handle to prise him to England this summer season.
“The important thing signing for Liverpool was Van Dijk, and I believe [centre-back] is so vital for a variety of high golf equipment,” the Rangers legend stated on talkSPORT Breakfast final month.
“In that I embody Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Man City; they positively have to strengthen within the centre-back place and I additionally assume Manchester United have to strengthen there.
“I believe Harry Maguire has executed wonderful, however there’s a query mark over [Victor] Lindelof and also you actually want power in depth.
“The identify I hold going again to is the lad Koulibaly at Napoli, who has impressed for an extended, very long time now.
“I don’t know whether or not there have been strikes to try to get him out of Napoli, or whether or not he’s completely happy there, the large Senegalese defender.
“However I believe he’s the one goal loads of high Premier League golf equipment would and must be .”