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Kalidou Koulibaly: Manchester City target to stay at Napoli, says sporting director

Napoli sporting director tells Sky in Italy: "I think Koulibaly is staying, we are very happy and so is he. He has three years on his current deal, I believe he is staying."

PARMA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 20: Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli during the Serie A match between Parma Calcio and SSC Napoli at Stadio Ennio Tardini on September 20, 2020 in Parma, Italy. (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)
Image: Koulibaly joined Napoli from Genk in 2014 for £7m

Manchester City target Kalidou Koulibaly will stay at Napoli this summer, according to the Serie A club's sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli.

The 29-year-old was City's primary target for defensive reinforcements as Pep Guardiola's side look to bring in a right-sided centre-half to back up the signing of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth in August.

However, Koulibaly's price tag has been too far out of reach for City and they have now focused their efforts elsewhere, with a deal for Benfica defender Ruben Dias seemingly edging closer.

"Our squad is complete, so will now try to release players who won't have much time on the pitch," Giuntoli told Sky in Italy before Napoli's Serie A game against Genoa on Sunday afternoon.

"I think Koulibaly is staying, we are very happy and so is he. He has three years on his current deal, I believe he is staying."

Giuntoli also said the club is confident on finding a deal to sell Arkadiusz Milik, after reports this week linking the striker with a move to Tottenham and Everton.

The 26-year-old was set to move to Roma in a move which saw Edin Dzeko on the verge of joining Juventus but talks with the Poland international over his Napoli exit terms ultimately broke down.

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Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik celebrates his decisive spotkick
Image: Milik was set to join Roma but the transfer broke down

"We evaluate, choose and sign players all together," Giuntoli said.

"We needed a striker who could hold up the ball, Arkadiusz Milik didn't want to stay, so we sought a different approach with [former Lille striker Victor] Osimhen and Andrea Petagna.

"The transfer market is open for another week, and we agree 80 per cent of the deals in the last few days. We are confident that we can get a deal done that will suit both us and Milik."

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