The man in charge of the Italian side is aware he’ll have to cash in on the club’s star defender at some point
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted there will be a time when he will have to sell star defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Koulibaly has established himself as one of the best and most in-demand defenders in the world since joining Napoli from Genk in 2014.
Koulibaly continues to be linked to United and when asked about Napoli’s centre-back, De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia a future sale is inevitable.
“I loved Koulibaly the man so I refused €105 million, but a time will come when I’ll have to sell him,” he said. “Whoever says we didn’t improve our defence is wrong.”
Asked about recent transfer speculation, Koulibaly admits he’s used to getting plenty of attention and knows how to shut it out.
“I’m used to it,” Koulibaly said. “So many [stories] come out each day, which say I’m leaving. Right now, my only objective is to win with Napoli. I don’t care about the rest.
“We must think positively and be aware that we can do well. My objective is to help the club and team win a trophy now.”
Fabian swapped Real Betis for Napoli in a €30m deal in 2018-19 and the Spaniard has starred in Serie A.
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“Fabian’s always been a top player,” De Laurentiis said. “If I convince myself to pay a stranger €30m, I do it for a reason and now I know why.
“It’s one thing to play for your country and another to do it for a team who play every three days. We found Fabian, but we’ll find more like him. The door’s always open. I don’t get attached to players.”