Everton's new manager, Rafael Benitez has been dealt a blow in his pursuit of Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer after Napoli boss, Luciano Spalletti has confirmed that the centre-back remains a key part of his plans and is not going anywhere.
Everton are in the market for new signings as Benitez looks to reinforce the squad following their disappointing 2020/21 season, where they finished 10th in the Premier League table. As per Calciomercato, they have put in a bid for Koulibaly - though the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool are also understand to be interested in signing him.
“Koulibaly is one of the vice-captains in this squad. As far as I am concerned, he is staying at Napoli. It’s not easy to find a replacement for him, all his teammates appreciate him and I’ve realised he talks constantly on the pitch. Everyone respects his presence in the locker room," Spalletti said when asked about the centre-back.
Koulibaly who has two-years left on his contract at Napoli is understood to be valued at €50million by the club management, though potential suitors are not willing to budge from the €34m for the player - considering that he is 30-years-old.
The Senegal star is widely considered to be one of the best defenders in the world and has remained a key player for Napoli for whom he has made 283 appearances so far, while winning one Coppa Italia and one Supercoppa Italiana with them.