'Find me something to chain myself to': Manager doesn't want reported £35m Everton target to leave
Everton are reportedly eyeing Kalidou Koulibaly with a view to a summer move.
New Toffees manager Rafael Benitez is apparently a big fan of the Napoli centre-back.
A report from 11 July claimed the Everton boss had asked Marcel Brands to make Koulibaly a top target.
The 90Min report stated that the 30-year-old could cost just £35million this summer.
Calciomercato then claimed on 14 July that Everton had made a bid for Koulibaly.
However, the same outlet reported three days later that the Blues can’t match what Napoli want for the Senegalese.
Spalletti eager to keep reported Everton target from leaving
Luciano Spalletti, who had previously issued a hands-off warning to suitors, has once again made clear how much he wants to keep Koulibaly.
“Chain myself for Koulibaly? Find me something to chain myself to and I’ll do it,” he joked (Gianluca Di Marzio).
Fabrizio Romano has also claimed that Everton – or any other suitors – haven’t actually made any bids for the defender.
Koulibaly is one of the best centre-backs in world football at present and would be an absolute coup for any Premier League side.
However, that also means he’s likely to be a very difficult target to acquire.
But given Benitez’s standing in the game, not to mention Everton being a team with big ambitions, who knows what could happen between now and deadline day?