By Alex Stevens
Napoli will hold fresh talks with Kalidou Koulibaly in a bid to persuade him to snub Premier League interest and sign a new contract, according to a report.
Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport have claimed on their website that a meeting will take place between the Serie A club and the defender’s agent.
This comes amid heavy interest in Koulibaly from Everton and Chelsea.
Sport Italia television expert Ifredo Pedulla claimed on his website earlier this week that the Toffees had tabled a stunning £46million bid for the centre-back, 25, that would potentially annihilate the club’s transfer record.
Chelsea then lodged an improved offer of £38million on Wednesday. Sky Sports citing Sky Italy claimed on their transfer centre page that the Stamford Bridge club made an even bigger bid for Koulibaly.
The reported size of Everton’s bid demonstrates Farhad Moshiri’s growing influence at the club after he became a majority shareholder earlier this year.
Koulibaly would become the most expensive player in Everton’s history if the reported offer was accepted, comfortably surpassing £28million record signing Romelu Lukaku.
Koulibaly has been at Napoli for two years since joining from Metz for £6.5million, and has now played 60 times in Serie A.
The defender played 33 times in the Italian top flight in the 2015-16 season as Napoli finished nine points behind Juventus in second.
Ronald Koeman has been active in his search for players since arriving at Goodison Park this summer, but has been unsuccessful in the hunt for the likes of Graziano Pelle and most recently Axel Witsel.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are closing in on Koeman’s first major signing after a medical took place on Thursday.