Everton Reportedly Eyeing Shock Summer Move for Napoli Defender Kalidou Koulibaly

Arjun Singh Devgan
Everton are eyeing a move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer
Everton are eyeing a move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer / Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

Premier League side, Everton are reportedly targeting a summer swoop for Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli in the summer with talkSPORT claiming that Carlo Ancelotti is keen to reunited with a player who he enjoyed a good relationship with during his stint in Naples.

Koulibaly is widely considered as one of the best central defenders in the world and has been a target of a number of top European clubs including the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool in the past.

Despite the interest in him, no move has been able to materialise due to his £89million valuation - which is considered too high considering that Koulibaly is currently 29-years-old and might not have a lot of time left at the highest level.

However, all that could change as Ancelotti is expected to be backed heavily by the club management in the summer and could make a substantial bid in order to lure him away from Napoli.

"It sounds like Carlo Ancelotti is going to be backed this summer. I think they're just going to fall short this season in terms of being contenders for a Champions League place. But they believe they've got the right manager in place in Ancelotti to challenge at that kind of level," journalist Alex Crook said.

"Koulibaly is someone Ancelotti worked with at Napoli, he knows him well. There was an £89m fee being talked about this time last year, but given the global economy when it comes to football, that fee would be dramatically reduced now. Ancelotti would like to get this deal done."

The 29-year-old is in his seventh season with Napoli, establishing himself as the leader of the defence and has so far made 274 appearances for them, leading them to one Coppa Italia and one Supercoppa Italiana honour.