Diario AS: Napoli reject Real Madrid bid for Kalidou Koulibaly

Real Madrid have had a €90m bid for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly rejected according to reports in Diario AS this weekend.

The report states that the La Liga side have had a bid turned down for the Senegalese international, who former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to keep at the San Paolo Stadium.

Los Blancos were originally linked with Koulibaly back in March, when it emerged that Raphael Varane may be considering his future at the club, however the return of Zinedine Zidane to the club has convinced the French international to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, Real Madrid are still in the market for transfers this summer, with Zidane expected to conduct a major overhaul ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

Club captain Sergio Ramos has also been linked as one of the names heading for the exit, although those reports are yet to be substantiated by the player or his agent.

A move for Koulibaly could be a long term replacement for the Spanish skipper, but Napoli are likely to hold out for a fee closer to €150m, which will become his release clause in 2020 – as part of a contract until 2023.

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