Everton own Farhad Moshiri has revealed the club were keen to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli in the summer, following John Stones’ move across the North West to Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola made the England international his prime target for the Citizens this summer but Moshiri told The Jim White Show that he didn’t want to sell the former Barnsley man for any price but he eventually had to concede defeat, with Stones desperate to make a move.
“I didn’t want to sell [Stones]. I did what I could to keep Romelu, the striker. I just looked at the club and three big stars were Romelu, Ross Barkley and Stones. I liked him. But the boy wanted to go and Martinez had promised him he could go the previous year. I still didn’t let him go until the manager said he can go.”
Before signing Ashley Williams, Everton were keen to secure a major coup and land Senegalese ace Koulibaly from Napoli but had to end their interest due to the Italian’s sides huge demands.
“What is £47 million? We tried to buy Koulibaly and they said ‘no’. They wanted £60 million. Every defender across Europe costs that. We were right there.”
Everton have come a long way since Ronald Koeman took charge of the club, despite a 5-o drubbing against Chelsea on Saturday, and the Toffees look on-course to secure their aim of clinching a Europa League spot.