Barcelona’s Kalidou Koulibaly pursuit could hinge on Erling Haaland saga

Barcelona are keeping tabs on Kalidou Koulibaly’s situation at Napoli with the defender open to a switch to Camp Nou, but a move for the defender could hinge on Erling Haaland’s own proposed transfer to Catalonia.

Koulibaly’s contract expires at the end of next season and it looks unlikely that he will pen fresh terms at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

The Senegal international has long been linked with a move away from Napoli and was heavily tipped to join Manchester City before they signed Ruben Dias.

Sport report that Barça are eyeing the centre-back, but are wary of Napoli’s asking price of over €40m as they believe they could instead sign him on a free transfer in 2023.

Barcelona remain interested in Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, but either of those options could cost them in the range of €80m.

That has led the Blaugrana back to Koulibaly, who they have been offered in the past and are huge admirers of.

They will not be forced into paying over the top for a player with little over a year left on his deal, and a summer pursuit of Erling Haaland remains their priority.

If Barcelona are forced into a bidding war (at least regarding personal terms) for Haaland, then they will look at signing other players on free transfers, with Sport suggesting Barça are willing to wait on Koulibaly until next year.

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