Everton to break the bank to sign 25-year-old in stunning £60m deal - report
By Alex Stevens
Everton are prepared to break the bank to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly in a stunning £60million summer deal, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Merseysiders are preparing to rival Chelsea for the centre-back after both clubs missed out on signing him last summer.
It is said that the Senegalese centre back has long been on the radar of the Premier League duo and they would have to obliterate their transfer record to sign the player in a deal worth £60million.
Chelsea and Everton had bids rejected for Koulibaly last summer and they will reignite their interest in the forthcoming window for one of the leading players in Serie A.
Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has made no attempt to hide his ambitions after buying into the club last year and sanctioned spending sprees both last summer and again in January.
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Moshiri is keen for the Merseysiders to break into the Champions League elite and knows that investment in the playing squad is needed to achieve that aim.
He said: “We tried to buy (Koulibaly) of Napoli and they wanted £60 million. It is monopoly money.
“We went right to the asking price, and they decided not to sell.”
Koulibaly began his career at French club Metz in 2010 before he moved to Genk in 2012 and then on to Napoli two years later.
The 16-times Senegal international has been a mainstay of the Serie A big hitters in the last three seasons, making 84 appearances in all competitions.
He has played 34 matches this season, all of which he has started, and been a key figure for the country’s third-placed team.
In other Everton transfer news, a £30million ace headed to the Toffees is now set to join Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp forced a U-turn.