Report: Benitez has asked Everton to prioritise move for Koulibaly amid concerns; could cost £35m
Rafa Benitez has asked Marcel Brands to target Kalidou Koulibaly as the new Everton boss looks to strengthen his defence, according to a report from 90min.
The Spaniard reportedly has some concerns about the Toffees backline following his controversial appointment.
And it appears that he wants to bring in a familiar face. Benitez signed Koulibaly while at Napoli in 2014.
And according to 90min, Benitez has asked the Everton hierarchy to prioritise a move for the 30-year-old.
Interestingly, the report claims Napoli could demand just £35 million for the Senegal international. It is noted that they previously valued the defender at around £100 million.
Coup for Benitez and Everton if they can land Koulibaly – even if he is no longer at his peak
Koulibaly has long been considered one of the best defenders playing in Europe. He has now made well over 200 Serie A appearances for Napoli.
He is perhaps not at the very top of his game at this stage of his career. However, he remains an outstanding centre-back.
So paying £35 million could prove to be a masterstroke.
And they may perhaps fancy their chances of paying even less. He has two years left on his contract. So Napoli are not under huge pressure to sell.
However, they will also be aware that his value will only drop from here – particularly if he does not sign a fresh deal.