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The reason why Kalidou Koulibaly did not sign for Barça

Published:23/07/2022 - 22:21h

Updated:23/07/2022 - 22:21h

The president of Napoli, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has revealed the background to the non-signing of Kalidou Koulibaly by FC Barcelona this summer. The center-back ended up at Chelsea

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Kalidou Koulibaly Had appeared like one of the options of the FC Barcelona to reinforce his defensive saga in this market of signings. The central had a year more than agreement with the Napoli and already had warned that it did not have intention to renew the agreement. It liked him the option to play under the orders of Xavi Hernández, but finish fichando by Chelsea.

The interest of the Barça Koulibaly was pronounced. Although the first option has been at all times Jules Koundé, from the technical direction saw to the Senegalese like a very good alternative, place came of a very positive season in the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Nevertheless, the economic problems of the blaugrana braked any possibility.

Like this it has it desvelado the president of the club napolitano Aurelio Of Laurentiis in an interview offered to Radius Kiss Kiss: "Koulibaly wanted to go , said him: I can not you sell to the Barcelona because they did not have money. Afterwards we receive a proposal of Chelsea, was impossible to say that no", commented. The group of London offered 40 million euros to complete his traspaso.

However, the intention of the Napoli was that Kalidou Koulibaly remained in the team. In fact, as it has confessed Of Laurentiis, arrived him to offer a very good wage, but finish refusing it categorically: "I offered Him € 6,5m by season to Koulibaly, wanted to go ", said in the interview to Radius Kiss Kiss.

Millionaire agreement with Chelsea

Chelsea, after losing to Andreas Christensen (FC Barcelona) and Antonio Rüdiger (Real Madrid) had the intention to renew his defensive line. It is thus that fixed in the central Senegalese, the one who in addition to his paper protagónico in the team of the Series To, was key so that his selection won the Glass of Africa and also for the classification of face to the World-wide of Qatar, of this winter.

Chelsea paid 40 millions to the Naples by his signing, an offer that -as it has explained Of Laurentiis- was irrechazable. In the Stamford Bridge will earn 12 'kilos' net by the next four seasons, as different report. The Barça did not go to offer so much and, when it spoke of his signing, the culés had not activated the 'crowbars' economic.

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