Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he wants to plug the gap in a leaky defence, as his side have conceded more goals in the Premier League this season than their rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
There is no doubt Koulibaly would be an extraordinary signing, as he has established himself as one of the highest-rated defenders in the world ever since he joined Napoli in 2014. Indeed, the 28-year-old has played 15 games in Serie A for Gennaro Gattuso’s side this season, as well as featuring in six matches in the Champions League, making 2.2 tackles per game, averaging 1.5 interceptions and completing a staggering 5.2 clearances on average in the European competition (WhoScored).
However, the report adds that the player’s future is not entirely within his control as he will need to find a club that can pay his substantial wages and give Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis the fee he will demand.
His market value is estimated at £50m via Transfermarkt, which surely falls outside of Mourinho’s limited budget. The manager has previously stated that the club will not be spending “rivers of money” on new signings, so it is unlikely that the Senegal international will end up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium anytime soon.
Understandably, a whole number of the Spurs faithful reacted to the transfer update on social media, with one fan tweeting Koulibaly is “better than Savic”, while another added that he is “just what we need.”
Take a look at some of the Tottenham fans’ reactions so far…
GREAT SIGNING BUT WONT HAPPEN TOO DEAR FOR LEVY
— peter James (@peterjames314) June 2, 2020
STOP GETTING MY HOPES UP I CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE, THAT DYBALA SAGA HAS ME MESSED UP TO THIS DAY!!!!!!
— FCUpdate (@JiKdrop) June 2, 2020
We’ll never pay the money, get over it and move on…
— Mark Siggers (@Siggs72) June 2, 2020
That’s serious interest that will never be anything more than that. Spurs won’t be spending any money this summer
— Dan (@DanPenfold91) June 2, 2020
Better than Savic..
— The Hoff. (@PaulHofford) June 2, 2020
Just what we need experience.
— Roger (@Roger26291907) June 2, 2020
Would be great signing… but don’t believe
— stevie elliott (@stevieelliott4) June 2, 2020
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