By Adefunmiloye Alani

1st Jun, 2021 | 12:10pm

Everton remain interested in signing Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is keen on signing “expendable” Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, according to RAI journalist Ciro Venerato.

CalcioNapoli24 quotes the Italian journalist on their website, and it appears that the Toffees have revived their interest in the Senegalese.

“The two expendable players are Kalidou Koulibaly and Fabian Ruiz. On the defender, there’s the interest of Ancelotti, who would like him at Everton,” said Venerato, speaking on Rai 2.

Ancelotti was reported to be keen on signing Koulibaly last summer but it seems nothing has changed his mind after watching his side ship 48 Premier League goals in 2020/21.

Short-term option

We will need to strengthen at the back this summer, and despite his age, the Napoli star could prove to be a perfect short-term solution for our defensive woes.

Journalist Ian McGarry revealed on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window Podcast that Napoli are willing to sell the 29-year-old for £52million this summer and could consider a bid as low as £39million.

Manchester United are also keen on recruiting the veteran centre-back, according to McGarry, but Liverpool have since cooled their interest after being linked with him last summer.

Koulibaly was valued at £77million at the time and way out of Everton’s reach, and while that price has been slashed, it remains to be seen whether we have a chance of landing him.

Napoli will be playing Europa League football next season after narrowly missing out on a top-four finish on the last day of the campaign, and the Senegal international is not likely to be interested in moving to where European football is not available.

Failing to finish in the top-seven could prove costly for Everton in the transfer window, with most top players not fans of missing out on continental football, and we may have to look elsewhere in the pursuit of the quality defender Ancelotti wants and deserves.

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