Everton’s reported links with Kalidou Koulibaly have again come to the fore this week, as Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio made it clear that the Toffees should be considered a major threat in the transfer race for the Napoli star.
Speaking to Napoli Magazine, as relayed by Arena Napoli, the transfer guru explained his wish that Koulibaly will remain at Napoli.
However, some of Europe’s biggest names have been linked with the Senegalese star, including Liverpool, PSG and Manchester United.
But, according to Di Marzio, Everton appear to be the main threat.
“The future of Koulibaly? I sincerely hope that he stays because he is a great player, but you have to be careful of the Premier, especially (Carlo) Ancelotti’s Everton, who wants to build a great team.”
Of course, Everton fans would be over the moon if the club did secure the services of one of the world’s best defenders.
That said, it must also be made clear that Koulibaly would be a massively difficult signature.
First of all, there is the asking price. As recently reported by Il Matino, Napoli are adamant that Koulibaly will not be going anywhere for less than their price-tag of €110 million (£98 million).
Gazzetta dello Sport has suggested a valuation more in the region of £89 million but, despite Farhad Moshiri’s riches, that is a fee Everton simply cannot afford.
On top of that, is the idea of convincing Koulibaly into the Everton project.
Carlo Ancelotti’s presence, given their previous relationship at Napoli, will help. However, leaving Napoli for Everton, who are currently a mid-table Premier League side, would be a bold move for the 28-year-old.
Everton fans will no doubt be hoping they can secure his services, but it seems too far-fetched without a global health crisis tightening pursestrings, let alone in that exact scenario.