Manchester Metropolis goal Kalidou Koulibaly performed in a reserve group for Napoli as their preparations for the brand new season acquired underway final evening.
And that’s being seen in Naples as a touch that the Serie A facet are already planning to be with out the Senegal defender within the season forward.
Metropolis are relaxed concerning the signing, ready for Napoli to drop their switch price calls for.
Napoli arrange a triangular match involving novice membership Castel di Sangro from the sixth tier of Italian soccer, and fourth division L’Aquila.
The 2 decrease league groups performed one another first, and the association was that the winner would play a Napoli first string and the loser would line up in opposition to reserve gamers.
L’Aquila beat Castel di Sangro 12-0, however Koulibaly was then picked to face the minnows, with Kostas Manolas and Amir Rrahmani paired collectively within the “first group”.
Napoli’s second string received 10-0, with Koulibaly scoring an acrobatic objective, however the implication of the defender not being picked for the primary group raised just a few eyebrows in Italy.
There’s already speak in Naples that the Azzurri are on the point of begin the season with out the 29-year-old stopper, despite the fact that their bid to interchange him with Lille star Gabriel Magalhaes appears to have been thwarted by Arsenal.
Napoli are believed to have dropped their asking value for Koulibaly from £80million to round £65million however Metropolis are prepared to attend for his or her valuation to be reached.
The participant’s agent has reportedly been appearing as a go-between, with relations between the 2 golf equipment no good following the Jorginho debacle two years in the past.
Metropolis are in no rush to signal Koulibaly, having already picked up Nathan Ake for £41million – they’re pleased to start out the season with Ake, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho as their centre backs, whereas Eric Garcia’s future stays unsure.
The 20-year-old Spanish defender is needed by Barcelona and has been touted as a potential pawn in any Metropolis bid for Lionel Messi, however there was no motion on his scenario.