Bayern make £39million bid for Kalidou Koulibaly

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have tabled a bid of £39million to Napoli for the services of center-back Kalidou Koulibaly to partner new signing Dayot Upamecano in the center of the Bavarian defense.

The Napoli center-back has also been linked with the two Manchester outfits in England and has established himself as one of the most coveted defenders in Europe.

Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, has made it into the Serie A team of the year for four consecutive seasons, won the best defender in Serie A award, and also won the Coppa Italia with Napoli in 271 games for the club.

The report by Tuttosport suggests that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Koulibaly’s representatives met Fali Ramadani to discuss Bayern’s offer for the Senegalese international who has been capped 44 times for his senior national team.

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The offer by Bayern is considerably less than Napoli’s valuation of the player but they might give in and accept due to the financial effects of the pandemic.

It can be recalled that Bayern captured and confirmed the signing of Upamecano from rivals RB Leipzig in a deal worth £38.5m last month, with the move set to be completed in July. 

Therefore, should the move for Koulibaly materialize, he will partner the 22-year-old and further strengthen the defensive ranks of the club with the likes of David Alaba and Jerome Boateng set to leave in the summer.

Bayern could have a deal done without many hassles as Manchester City are unlikely to make a move for Koulibaly after opting for Ruben Dias while Manchester United are interested in signing a left-footed center-back to partner Harry Maguire.

Meanwhile, Kalidou Koulibaly’s parent club Napoli being managed by Gennaro Gattuso are currently sixth in Serie A, three points behind third-placed Juventus. However, a whopping 16 points separate them from first-placed Inter Milan.