By Paul Robinson

16th Jul, 2021 | 7:00am

Robinson salutes Benitez as Everton bid for 'world-class' Koulibaly reported

Paul Robinson has claimed Rafael Benitez’s standing in world football can help Everton land the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Leeds United goalkeeper stressed the importance of Benitez, 61, signing ‘big name’ players to help win over the Goodison faithful.

Calciomercato reported yesterday (15th July) that the Toffees have tabled an offer for Napoli defender Koublibaly, 30.

It comes after Football Insider revealed on March 22nd that Carlo Ancelotti had set his sights on signing the Senegal international, prior to his move to Real Madrid.

Benitez, who was appointed Ancelotti’s successor last month, is also said to be a big admirer of the centre-half.

Koulibaly has two years remaining on his contract with Napoli.

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When asked by Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs whether Benitez could lure Koulibaly to Goodison Park, Robinson said:

“He has a presence in world football. Nobody can deny that he is still a big name in world of football management.

“As much as his success was a long time ago, he is still a highly-respected manager. I would not want him managing my club though, that’s for sure.

“Let’s be honest, to win the fans over he needs to bring in some big names and get off to a very good start next season. Koulibaly is certainly a player that could help on both of those fronts. He’s a world-class defender.”

In other news, pundit predicts mega-money Everton player deal to be given the green light as Euro giants circle.