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Spurs: Fabio Paratici makes Kalidou Koulibaly contact

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Kalidou Koulibaly to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the summer transfer window.

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That’s according to a report by Spanish publication Sport, who claim that, with one year remaining on his current deal at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, the Napoli centre-back has informed Aurelio De Laurentiis of his desire to secure a move away from the Serie A side this summer.

The report goes on to state that, as a result of this development, Tottenham have made contact with LIAN Sports Group, the defender’s agency firm, in order to begin talks concerning a transfer, with Juventus and Chelsea also said to be keen on beginning negotiations with the Senegal international.

Finally, Sport claim that, while Barcelona are also one of the clubs in the running for Koulibaly’s signature, due to the LaLiga side’s perilous financial situation at present, the Catalans look unlikely to be able to afford the centre-back’s €35m (£30m) asking price and his expected salary demands.

Dream Bastoni alternative

While it has been reported that Antonio Conte’s priority transfer target in the coming months is the signing of a left-footed centre-back, with doubts starting to emerge as to whether Alessandro Bastoni would be willing to leave Inter Milan for north London this summer, the argument that Koulibaly would be a dream alternative for the 23-year-old is an easy one to make.

Indeed, despite Koulibaly being 71% right-footed, the £40.5m-rated talent typically operates on the left of Napoli’s centre-back pairing, with his Serie A heatmap from the 2021/22 campaign demonstrating that the defender spends the vast majority of his time on the left-hand side of the pitch.

Furthermore, while Bastoni is undoubtedly a talent whose ceiling is considerably higher than that of Koulibaly’s, the 30-year-old is a player who is very much in his peak performance years at present, something that would suggest the Senegalese sensation is a ready-made fit to come in and immediately improve Conte’s current options at the back.

In terms of his ability, the £183k-per-week defender is certainly in and amongst the best in the game, with FBref ranking Koulibaly in the top 13% of centre-backs in Europe’s big five leagues for tackles per 90, as well as the top 24% for passes attempted, the top 13% for progressive passes, the top 2% for dribbles completed and the top 22% for shot-creating actions over the last 365 days – with FBref even listing Bastoni as one of his most comparable players.

Would you rather Paratici signed for Spurs this summer?

Koulibaly

Koulibaly

Bastoni

Bastoni

As such, considering the fact that Koulibaly would cost roughly £24m less than the Italian, is a ball-playing defender who prefers to operate on the left and is in the prime years of his career, the Napoli defender who Siavoush Fallahi dubbed “unreal” would indeed appear to be a dream alternative to the Inter starlet this summer.

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