Manchester Metropolis want to full the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly this summer season as they belatedly attempt to substitute Vincent Kompany.
The transfer has already been dismissed by critics of Pep Guardiola and the Blues as one more instance of the supervisor throwing cash at an issue, particularly given Nathan Ake has already joined from Bournemouth for £40m.
With out totally confronting that declare (does it actually deserve the hassle?), Koulibaly would symbolize a big change from each Guardiola and Metropolis slightly than simply extra of the identical.
Some huge cash has been spent on the defence and the entire workforce since 2016, however most of that has gone on potential; Kyle Walker at 27 was probably the most skilled defender introduced in, with the ages of centre-backs and full-backs that signed for the Blues within the final 4 years studying as: 19, 22, 23, 27, 26, 23, 21, 22, 25, 25.
At 29, Koulibaly has a considerably completely different profile from another defender Guardiola has signed throughout his time on the Etihad and the identical goes for all outfield gamers; Nolito, additionally 29 in 2016, is the one one which was older on the time of signing.
On the one hand, the Napoli defender would present the additional expense Metropolis have wanted to plug their backline with Nicolas Otamendi previous his finest and John Stones having not fulfilled his potential. Nonetheless, the Napoli defender would symbolize a marked change from the age of gamers that the Blues have virtually completely gone for in the previous few years.