Kalidou Koulibaly's agent, Bruno Satin, has claimed that the Senegalese centre-back is likely to leave Napoli during the current transfer window, despite the Serie A side attempting to tie him into a new long-term deal. The representative also ruled out his client moving to Juventus, but confirmed that Chelsea and Everton were both possible destinations.
The Sun recently reported that Antonio Conte's new side and the Toffees were ready to battle for the services of the 25-year-old defender, after he enjoyed an impressive 2015-2016 campaign with the Italian side. The report added that Chelsea could launch a £37m bid to lure him to Stamford Bridge, amid suggestions they had already had a £20m offer rejected by Napoli.
Koulibaly's agent has now given both Premier League side a boost in their hopes to sign the player, after confirming his charge is likely to force his exit from Serie A. Satin claims that Napoli have made an offer to renew the player's deal, but he wants to leave instead as the proposal doesn't match the defender's worth in the modern transfer market.
"I was in Dimaro [traditional location of Napoli's pre-season training camp] on Saturday and we discussed a contract renewal," Satin told Radio CRC, as quoted by La Gazzetta Dello Sport. "However, we are not at the point of reaching an agreement. The desire of the player is to leave the club, not renew. We are told by the club that he is a great player, but from the renewal on offer, we don't see this. Last year they wanted to sell him, stating he was not focused enough, but then he showed his quality."
Koulibaly's teammate Gonzalo Higuain is expected to move to Juventus in a major deal that has generated a huge controversy among Napoli fans, who now consider the Argentine a traitor. Satin has told them that his client will not follow in the same footsteps, while adding that Chelsea and Everton want to lure him to the Premier League.
"To the fans I say stay calm because he won't be joining Juventus. Chelsea and Everton are still interested as they are both searching for a central defender of his quality."