Kalidou Koulibaly, one of the world’s best defenders, has reportedly told his club Napoli that he wants to leave this summer and wants to join FC Barcelona, according to the latest transfer rumours. A lot of the big clubs want him to join them and are monitoring his situation. There’s been info from his camp that Senegalese would be interested in going to Catalonia.
The 30-years-old is on the last year of his contract and would go on a free transfer next season. Due to this, he could be available at a relatively low price and looking at Barcelona’s economic problems, they’re also looking for low-price players. They are mainly focusing on Lewandowski’s move right now, but they could sign Koulibaly, too, if he comes at a low price.
Can Barcelona afford Koulibaly with its economic problems?
As we all know that the Spanish Giant is going through a rough time with the money problems, Barcelona needs to figure out financing and sell players like Lenglet, Umtiti and Mingueza so that they can afford the Senegalese captain. Napoli wants around 30–35 million for the veteran, and they might get better offers from other clubs like Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs and Juventus. The Bianconeries have taken a big interest in signing Koulibaly, and they are keen on bringing him to their team next season.
If Barcelona doesn’t figure out their financing problems, they might lose out on one of the best defenders in the world and getting a better defence is Xavi’s main priority for the next season. Xavi has also shown interest in another defender, Jules Koundé from Sevilla. However, his price is said to be around 65 million euros, which is more than what Barcelona is willing to spend.
How can he help Barcelona in their defence?
Barcelona’s starting defensive line this season was Dani Alves playing in the right-back position, and shockingly he was one of the best players to perform for Barcelona this season. The 39-years-old joined Barca the previous season on a free winter transfer.
The next is R. Araujo, the 23- year old centre-back, who was a rock at the defence. However, injury concerns and no suitable backup held Araujo from unleashing himself.
Next is Eric Garcia. The 21-years old centre-back joined Catalans on a Bosman deal this summer. He had a decent season. The youngster is a good addition to the team and can do better next season.
The next is Jordi Alba. The 33-years old Spanish left-back did pretty well this season, but he is coming to an age where he can play limited minutes, and Barca may need to get some youngsters for their left-back position.
Koulibaly is a no-nonsense centre-back who can defend really well. His physicality and aerial strength can help Barcelona sniff out quite a number of threats. Besides being imposing, Koulibaly is a decisive tackler as well as a good passer. He can compliment Marc Andre ter-Stegen’s sweeping ability really well.
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