City had been consistently linked with a potential move for Koulibaly throughout the summer transfer window, but Pep Guardiola’s side were unable to meet Napoli’s asking price for the 29-year-old, so the centre-back ended up remaining with the Italian club, as per Sky Sports.
City had already brought in Nathan Ake in a £40 million deal from Bournemouth, and they opted to move for Benfica’s Ruben Dias instead of Koulibaly, signing the 23-year-old in a deal worth around £65 million, with Nicolas Otamendi moving in the opposite direction.
However, according to the latest report from Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness, Koulibaly was confident of making a move to City during the transfer window. That was before Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis set an €80 million (£72.2 million) price tag, which seemingly put City off the move.
Some City fans have been saying that the blame for the transfer failing to get over the line should be directed at De Laurentiis, while others pointed out that Dias was a better option anyway due to the difference in age between the pair.
City fans react to emerging reports over Koulibaly
Should have handed a transfer request
— MANCIOOOO (@ManCioGreatest) October 13, 2020
We don’t need him
— Stark (@Stark03865875) October 13, 2020
We got a better player
— Josh (@JoshMCFCctid2) October 13, 2020
De Laurentiis’s fault
— Simon MCFC (@Simon40025974) October 13, 2020
Well adl messed up
— Austin (@Bluemoonv3) October 13, 2020
Tell him to blame his employers
— Last Backyardigan (@ITS_NALDOOO) October 13, 2020
Glad we got Dias tbh much younger
— Luke (@LukeThird) October 13, 2020
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