Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has taken to Twitch to deliver a major update on Everton and their reported pursuit of top target Kalidou Koulibaly.
The ex-Genk and Metz man was brought by new Toffees boss Rafa Benitez to Napoli in 2014 and, consequentially, the Spanish tactician is reportedly keen on a Goodison Park reunion.
However, the latest update from Romano indicates that Everton may revitalise their interest later in the window when the context of the market changes.
“Same situation as yesterday [21/07/21], no bids from Everton for Koulibaly.
“Last summer they [Napoli] asked for €80million (£68.5million), now they are asking around €45million (£38.5million) but there is nothing advanced.
“I think Everton will go for something cheaper or maybe they will try for Koulibaly in August, when the prices are different.”
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Playing a waiting game and betting against the market is a shrewd gamble by Everton.
At 30 years of age, Koulibaly’s market value is almost certain to diminish over time and Everton will not want to fork out significant sums of money on an asset that will depreciate.
From a sporting perspective, Koulibaly would inject leadership and quality given his pedigree.
He boasts considerable Champions League experience and will be familiar with Benitez’ working practices and style of play.
He famously played an integral role in Senegal’s run to the 2019 African Cup of Nations final in a partnership with Crystal Palace defender Cheikhou Kouyate and would surely break immediately into starting XIs.