Kaildou Koulibaly to Barcelona: Barcelona scout Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, and his agent hint at Barca move.
Barcelona are going through a central defensive crisis at the moment. The Catalan giants lost one of their key defenders, Samuel Umtiti to injury. It is being reported that the French defender could be out of action for the next 4-6 months. Gerard Pique has not hit form since the beginning of the season, and the likes of Clement Lenglet and Thomas Vermaelen are deprived of enough first-team action.
Barcelona’s shortcomings in their defence is reflective in their La Liga performances. Ernesto Valverde’s side might be first in the table, but have only scored 14 points from seven matches.
And so, the Catalan clubs has entered the transfer market for a central defender. Yesterday, it was reported that Barcelona are eyeing the signature of Kurt Zouma from Everton. Today, Barca are linked with another defender.
Kalidou Koulibaly to Barcelona:
The Napoli defender has been linked with Barcelona since the beginning of the summer transfer window. Koulibaly was immense in Napoli’s victory over Liverpool in the Champions League this week, and Football Italia reports that Barca officials were present to scout the defender.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s first half vs. Liverpool by numbers:
85% pass accuracy
2/2 tackles won
Solid showing from the main man. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/DEJlETy7w8
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) October 3, 2018
His agent has also spoken on Koulibaly’s future. He insisted that Koulibaly can join any European giant on his form and skills.
“Kalidou can play for any team in the world, be it Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. He recently renewed his contract, but we’re seeing that Pique isn’t going through a good spell at Barcelona,” said Bruno Satin, his agent.
📰 [Calciomercato] | Barcelona with Paris St Germain, Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in the Senegalese player, Kalidou Koulibaly.
🔶 Napoli won’t consider any offer lesser than 130 million euros. pic.twitter.com/b94bt6bDSK
— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) October 7, 2018
In the past, it has been reported that a few Premier League sides were interested in the signature of the defender, but were put of by a high asking price. According to the Italian media outlet, Napoli asked 100 million euros for the signature of the defender.
Kalidou Koulibaly was immense in both halves but in particular the first half where he kept Mo Salah quiet and won everything that came his way. Pushed his team forward in the second when they went in search of a goal. #NapoliLiverpool #Napoli #Liverpool #Koulibaly
— KingKoulibaly (@KingKalidou) October 3, 2018
Barcelona will face an away trip to Valencia in the La Liga this weekend, where they will look to take a three-point lead over their arch-rivals Real Madrid. The Los Blancos slumped to another defeat this weekend where they lost 1-0 through a late winner against Deportivo Alaves.
Do you know In the last few weeks, whenever Barcelona has dropped points, some good opportunity are giving to Real Madrid to go on top of the league, but they refuse the offer either they draw or lose there game.😞😞😞
Tonight its time for Barcelona to return the favor!😀😀 pic.twitter.com/75hwEz15Mp
— tips180 (@tips180) October 7, 2018
Real Madrid are goalless in their last four matches.