An update has emerged regarding Newcastle’s interest in Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.
According to Football Insider, the Tyneside club have identified the Senegal defender as their top transfer target for the January transfer window.
The report claimed that the Magpies want to sign the 30-year-old to bolster their squad following PIF’s takeover of the club earlier this week.
PIF could raise the roof at St James’ Park with a deal to sign Koulibaly in January. The 30-year-old is vastly experienced at the top level and one of the best-performing players in Serie A during his time with Napoli in Italy.
He was named in the divisional team of the season in four consecutive years, proving himself to be one of the best centre-backs in the country. The defender has played 292 competitive matches for Napoli since moving from Genk in 2014.
In Serie A this season, Koulibaly has averaged an excellent SofaScore rating of 7.46 in seven starts. He has scored two goals from centre-back whilst winning 59% of his duels and helping Napoli to keep four clean sheets in those matches.
To reaffirm the point on his quality, Serie A expert Conor Clancy hailed the Napoli man as a contender for the second-best centre-back in world football earlier this year, behind Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, he said of Koulibaly: “He improves any team he goes to. He’s phenomenal. I’d say, to be honest, after Virgil van Dijk, he is in the conversation for being the second-best defender in the world.”
This comment from Clancy, along with Koulibaly’s aforementioned pedigree, shows why Newcastle fans would adore him. The Magpies faithful would surely love to see the Senegalese colossus lining up in the Premier League for their club, as he has proven himself to be a top defender in European football.
Imagine the noise which would erupt from the stands at St James’ Park when “Making his debut today… Kalidou Koulibaly” is proclaimed by the announcer reading out the starting XI on his debut for the club. It could raise the roof off the stadium and create an incredible atmosphere full of excited supporters ready to enjoy the start of a new chapter on Tyneside.
Therefore, PIF must ensure that they do all they can to get a deal over the line for the centre-back in January. His arrival could be heralded by fans and make sure that the Saudi-based consortium get off to the best possible start in the transfer market.