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Report: Bayern Munich make £39m offer for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly
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Bayern Munich have reportedly made a £39million offer for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly as they look to find a long-term partner for new signing Dayot Upamecano.

Koulibaly has been linked to both Manchester United and Manchester City, as well as to several other top European clubs.

The 29-year-old has been named a part of the Serie A Team of the Year four seasons in a row and has won the award for Serie A Best Defender. He has played 271 games for Napoli and was a part of the squad that won the Coppa Italia last season.

According to Tuttosport, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis met with Koulibaly’s agent Fali Ramadani to discuss the offer submitted by Bayern. The report claims that the offer made by Hansi Flick’s is “considerably less than what Napoli were expecting” but they could accept it due to the financial constraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Bayern have already signed Upamecano from RB Leipzig last month after activating his £38.5m release clause, and the 22-year-old is set to link up his future teammates in July.

With David Alaba set to leave the club and Jerome Boateng’s future up in the air, Flick’s side are getting their business done early. Manchester City and Liverpool were extremely keen on adding Koulibaly to their respective sides, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted a left-footed partner for Harry Maguire.