Arsenal transfer blow, as Napoli defender wants to stay in Italy

It’s not news that Manchester United along with several European giants are actively monitoring Napoli £16m-rated centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly.

The powerful defender has been an ever-present at the back for the Italian side this season, raking up 30 Serie A appearances and helping Italian outfit to second place in the table.

And his impressive form this season has not gone unnoticed with Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona showing an interest in the Senegal international.

It is understood the Gunners and United are considering bids for the defender as they both look to bolster their defensive ranks ahead of next season’s Premier League title push.

But now, according to Il Mattino, Napoli are ready to offer Koulibaly a new contract to persuade him to stay. The 24-year-old’s current deal expires in 2019 and sees him take home around £600,000-a-season. Napoli, however, a ready to double the centre-back’s wages and extend his stay until the summer of 2021.

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The defender’s agent Bruno Satin admits he is keen to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Italian club, which will prove to be a big blow for Arsenal and United. 

“I am still in contact with sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli,” Satin told Italian Radio station CRC.

“If I understood things, he’s thinking about reinforcing the team with several big players.

“A renewal? We’re working on it, but it’s going to take longer than two days.”