The Senegal captain sees his current deal expire in June 2023 and has reportedly turned down a contract extension with the Partenopei who have offered him a pay cut. The latest reports in Italy claim that Juventus are ready to put €30m on the table to sign the experienced defender, giving him a €6m-a-year salary.
Koulibaly is one of the idols of Napoli fans and the designated captain at the Stadio Maradona following the departure of Lorenzo Insigne. Nevertheless, his future under Vesuvius is in doubt, as he also admitted in May, while on international duty.
Koulibaly claimed he didn’t know where he’d play next season and the situation hasn’t changed much for the 30-year-old.
Napoli have received no offers so far, but are aware that Juventus met the defender’s agent Fali Ramadani on Wednesday. Sky Sport Italia reports that Koulibaly will return to Naples next week to begin the pre-season and discuss his contract situation with the Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Koulibaly isn’t short of suitors, so Napoli fans hope he will pick a club outside Serie A if he decides to the club in the summer.
They fear that the star defender will follow in Gonzalo Higuain’s footsteps. Juventus paid the Argentinean’s €90m release clause in 2016, signing him from the Partenopei after his goal-scoring record campaign under Maurizio Sarri.
“I respect those two players, but one must understand if they are only interested in money or if they want to stay in a dressing room and an environment that has given them satisfaction.”
The big question is: will Koulibaly become the ‘new Higuain’, or will he reject Juventus out of love for Napoli? Time will tell.