Juventus Keen on Former Napoli Star Who Snubbed Them

Juventus tried to lure Kalidou Koulibaly, who was on his way out from Napoli, last summer, but the Azzurri and the player rebuffed them. He eventually joined Chelsea, but his spell in England isn’t going too well. Massimiliano Allegri is a huge fan and still wishes to sign him, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

The Senegalese transferred for €38M last summer, but it took him time to settle in. His performances haven’t always lived up to his reputation. He could be expendable if the Blues found other options.

If that were the case, Juventus would try to bring Koulibaly back to Italy for cheap, as Inter did with Romelu Lukaku. They’d look to orchestrate a season-long loan with a low option to buy. The center-back presently earns €10M per year and would have to settle for less, around €7M, in Turin.

The defender motivated his decision to turn down the move to the Bianconeri. 

“It’s a jersey I couldn’t wear due to loyalty and respect.”

It remains to be seen whether he’d change his stance a year later. Maurizio Sarri and Gonzalo Higuain did something similar in the recent past. The Old Lady’s boss has reportedly reached out to the ace, voicing his desire to coach him, but his interlocutor kept things close to the vest regarding his future.

Our Take on Juventus and Koulibaly

The pairing with Gleison Bremer would be scary for the opponents and, even if Alex Sandro winds up staying, the Bianconeri need a better option on the left-hand side of the rearguard. On the other hand, chances are he will stay at Chelsea, or move elsewhere, without betraying the Napoli faithful.

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