Napoli maintains that the interest of Kalidou Koulibaly during the coronavirus crisis has not budged.
Sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli told Italian broadcaster: “They say negotiations are going to change but in my opinion this is an alibi. I don’t think the issue of coronavirus can change Koulibaly’s price or other top players.”
Giuntoli thus refuses to buy into the idea that the top players would all of a sudden be available at cheaper rates than before COVID-19 struck.
Speaking about Koulibaly’s future, Giuntoli said, “He’s a good footballer and the club is entitled to ask for the price it wants.”
While thus warning that they would not encourage the defender to quit in a cut-price offer, they are also ready to accept alternate eventualities:
“Nevertheless, we will definitely come to appreciate the contractual formula such as the loan with an option to buy, which helps to delay the guarantees and immediately ease the balance. Football can quickly adapt.”