The Italian head coach is determined to keep the Senegalese defender at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium amid talks about a possible Premier League change.
Luciano Spalletti has said he will link up with Manchester United center-back Kalidou Koulibaly in order to keep him in Napoli.
Koulibaly has established himself as one of the best defenders in Europe since joining Napoli from Genk in 2014.
The 30-year-old has attracted a number of high profile admirers with his performances over the years, including United, who are now reportedly set to launch a bid for his services, but Spalletti is adamant that the defender will remain in place.
What did Spalletti say about Koulibaly?
The Napoli boss, who replaced Gennaro Gattuso at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in May, has insisted he will do everything possible to make sure Koulibaly does not leave this summer.
“To keep it, I’ll chain myself somewhere,” Spalletti said at a press conference. “Find something for me and I’ll link to it.”
Could Kalidou Koulibaly leave this summer?
Koulibaly has been valued at over € 80million (£ 69million / $ 94million) in the past, but it has been reported that United are ready to try their luck with a € 30million offer (£ 26million / $ 35million) as clubs in Italy continue to deal with the negative financial repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It remains to be seen whether Napoli will accept a discounted offer for a player who has two more years to go on his current contract, especially if they are unable to find a suitable replacement, but the Red Devils appear ready to go. test their resolve in the coming weeks.
What else did Spalletti say?
Spalletti was also asked about speculation surrounding Lorenzo Insigne’s future, with Napoli currently struggling to tie him to a contract renewal.
The Italian tactician has revealed that the 30-year-old forward is due to sit down with club president Aurelio De Laurentiis to discuss the terms, and he is confident a deal will be made that will see him stay in Napoli beyond 2022. .
“Lorenzo and the president have to meet first. I am convinced that two such strong personalities will find a point to start over together,” said Spalletti.
“We are waiting for the meeting and what they will say. Opportunity makes the thief and the transfer market makes the player distracted. So we don’t have too much talk.
“There are no problems. I am optimistic.”