Report: Newcastle's new owners want 30-year-old Serie A star, will cost £42.5m
Italian site Area Napoli say Newcastle have reignited interest in defender Kalidou Koulibaly after the takeover – but the ‘British assault’ is unlikely.
Koulibaly, 30, was one of the more prominent names linked with Newcastle during the new consortium’s first attempt at buying the Tyneside club.
Now, that £300million takeover has gone through, reports of a move to sign Senegal international Koulibaly are back on. But he has since hit 30.
The report states that Newcastle’s new owners are keen, and would even be willing to pay Aurelio De Laurentiis the £42.5million asking price needed.
However, there is a problem. It is Koulibaly – with the report stating it is unlikely he will join a club in 19th, without European football.
Newcastle eye Koulibaly: Towering defender a bargain, despite his age
While Koulibaly is 30, there is still plenty of life left in the powerhouse defender. At just under £45million, he would be a stunning bit of business.
It is not too long ago that clubs were looking at Koulibaly despite a price tag of near double his current one. Newcastle have options at centre-back.
Jamaal Lascelles has a chance of remaining one of Newcastle’s key players post-takeover, while Fede Fernandez goes under the radar.
But bringing in Koulibaly changes everything. He is one of Europe’s best. At 30, if he can give Newcastle three or four years, it is a good deal.