Napoli fail to agree terms and put Koulibaly on the market

According to Sky Sport Italia, Napoli have failed to agree a new contract with Kalidou Koulibaly, so he’ll either be sold this summer or leave as a free agent next year.

The centre-back had confessed he was not sure where he would be playing next season, as negotiations dragged on over a new deal.

His current contract is due to expire in June 2023 and Napoli were offering an extension only with a massive pay cut.

The club is trying to vastly reduce the wage bill overall, despite qualifying for the Champions League, and this has caused problems with several historically important players who feel disrespected.

Lorenzo Insigne has already left for Toronto FC as a free agent, while Dries Mertens is also now expected to walk away without a deal.

Senegal international Koulibaly has been at Napoli since 2014 and has no shortage of suitors, including Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester United.

He turns 31 later this month and has reportedly told his agent that he will not consider another Serie A club out of respect for the Partenopei.

The asking price on the market a couple of years ago was €100m, but with his contract situation and advancing age, that is now closer to €40m.

9 Comments on “Napoli fail to agree terms and put Koulibaly on the market”

  1. ADL is such a cheap owner. Wants to keep everybody hostages on his team taking paycuts and saying it’s for the glory of playing for Napoli. What a clown.

  2. ADL is an absolute clown. Give Koulibaly whatever he wants. Finally get back into champions league and have a great opportunity to win the Scudetto and you’re going to let your best player leave. 5 of their 7 losses in league play came when Koulibaly did not play. They won’t make it out of group stage and they’ll be lucky to finish top 7 in Serie A without him.

  3. Letting Lorenzo walk for that big money is understandable but he wouldn’t even keep him on the same salary. He wanted him to take a pay cut. Kouli isn’t even looking for big money and he’s going to let his best player and loyal servant of the club leave. It’s just disgraceful.

  4. Koulibaly is a dignified person and an excellent defender. He continued at Napoli when he could have played for a much ‘bigger’ club. I feel for Napoli too. They seem like a sleeping giant. They desperately need a new stadium – theres is one of the worst in Italy. They need a huge amount of investment, in infrastructure and in the team. They have always had exciting teams but have never quite achieved. Other than the Maradona days. I’m sure Koulibaly will get a good transfer – and he deserves it.

  5. So sick of ADL. Hopefully when his son takes over he’ll sell to someone willing to make real investment. There have been jeff bezos rumours circulating around, let’s see.

  6. ADL will be remembered as Serie A’s greatest madman. He seems like a man on a mission, trying desperately to make sure the club crashes out of UCL’s group stage and to deprive them of the tools to battle for a spot next season. It’s getting absurd.

  7. Napoli is run the way Palermo used to be run. Think of all the players they developed and then let move on to greener pastures. Barzagli, Pastore, Cavani, Dybala…

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