Juventus eye Koulibaly as De Ligt partner, Napoli want €40m – report

Juventus are looking to create a defensive partnership of Kalidou Koulibaly and Matthijs de Ligt, according to reports in Italy.

The Senegal defender appears set to leave Napoli this season with Barcelona also mooted as a potential destination.

Juve are also in the market for a new central defender following the departure of colossus Giorgio Chiellini on a free transfer.

And Gazzetta dello Sport report they are hopeful of signing Koulibaly with Napoli have placed a €40 million asking price on the 30-year-old.

The Bianconeri have recently recouped half of that fee after Atalanta triggered their option to sign defender Merih Demiral permanently for €20m, while the report suggests Napoli are keen on Juve’s Federico Gatti, who recently made his Italy debut.

Barca are keen on Koulibaly but recent reports in Spain suggested the ex-Genk defender’s agent wanted financial guarantees before committing.

Leonardo Bonucci has been named Juve’s new permanent captain following Chiellini’s departure but that reportedly does not mean he is a guaranteed starter.

10 Comments on “Juventus eye Koulibaly as De Ligt partner, Napoli want €40m – report”

  1. Juve have needed to upgrade the defence for a few years now. Gatti should be given a chance to learn from koulibaly not shipped out. Juve could also do with a new strong keeper. There are only a few around but Keppa would be a great addition.

  2. Left footed center-backs! Left footed center-backs! Left footed center-backs! Left footed center-backs! Left footed center-backs! Left footed center-backs! Left footed center-backs! Left footed center-backs! Left footed center-backs!

  3. Why would anyone want to play for a corrupt team like juve. They are the reason behind the fall of seria A.

  4. @john smith – yes absolutely it’s all juves fault that there are no new stadiums in Italy isn’t it or a restructure of current stadia! Not the amount of red tape and litigation! Must also be juves fault the tv rights are not quite there

  5. @manni totally agree with you. You’ve worded it much better than I would have but I take your point about juventus being scum.

  6. Koulibaly Will bever go to Juve hè is not a mercenary like higuain but a real man with Honor and dignity i even respect koulibaly more as a man Then as a footballer what a heart the man has

  7. Juve need Koulibaly and Gati and Rugani must leave, back up will be Bonucci and Gati, any injured will be in trouble .

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