Barcelona get major boost in pursuit of Senegalese defender

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Barcelona have received a major boost in their pursuit of Napoli and Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, thanks to the position of Partenopei President Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Koulibaly entered the final year of his contract at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium and refused to sign a new contract. This opened the doors for him to leave the club this summer, with several clubs interested.

Barcelona are among the clubs keen to sign the 31-year-old Senegal international, while Juventus are also interested.

The Bianconeri are eyeing Koulibaly as a potential replacement for Matthijs de Ligt, who could be on his way to Bayern Munich in the current transfer window.

Koulibaly is believed to prefer a move to Barcelona over Juventus or any other interested parties. He has already given Blaugrana an advantage in the race to sign the former KRC Genk ace.

On top of that, Barca have been given a boost in their pursuit as Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has claimed he won’t consider selling Koulibaly to an Italian club this summer.

Talk to DAZNthe Napoli supremo said: “I will not sell Koulibaly to any Italian club.”

This gives Barcelona an edge over Juventus in the battle for the signing of the Senegalese centre-half. However, the Catalans might face further competition from Premier League giants Chelsea, who are also interested in signing Koulibaly.

The Blues would be able to offer the Neapolitan a bigger contract than Barca. However, as iterated earlier, Koulibaly prefers a transfer to Catalonia and it remains to be seen if the Blaugrana solidify their interest in the seasoned activist.

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