Manchester City have no business pursuing Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly this summer.
A host of clubs have been linked with a move for the 28-year-old, including City’s bitter rivals Manchester United.
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Liverpool have been put off what would be a “disaster” of a transfer, and City have heeded a similar tact.
And according to Manchester Evening News, they ‘have NO interest’ in Koulibaly, and that ‘he is not even on a short-list of centre backs they outlined after the exit of Vincent Kompany’.
Harry Maguire remains their perfect replacement for the Belgian, but the Senegal international ‘does not fit the bill’ for four specific reasons.
His fee, a reported £107m, is named, along with Koulibaly’s age and lack of homegrown status in comparison to his Leicester colleague.
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But the Premier League Champs are also ‘still smarting’ from their last meetings with Napoli, which saw the Italian side break a ‘verbal agreement’ over Jorginho before offloading him to Chelsea last summer.
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