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City Set To Challenge United And Liverpool With £84m Opening Bid For Serie A Star

Manchester City are preparing a €95m (£84m) opening offer for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports in Italy.

The 27-year-old has been a long-term target for Manchester United, and there have been claims in recent days that Liverpool have made enquiries about the centre-back.

City are certainly interested in signing a new centre-half this summer after captain Vincent Kompany left to become player-manager of Anderlecht.

However, multiple sources believe Leicester City’s Harry Maguire would be manager Pep Guardiola’s preferred target.

The Foxes’ reported asking price of £90m for the England international could have put off the Citizens, and they may have turned their attentions to Koulibaly instead.

Whether an £84m bid would be enough, it seems doubtful. Napoli are said to be determined to keep hold of the Senegalese international with the Serie A club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis apparently seeking the player’s release clause. Koulibaly’s buyout fee is said to to be €150m (£133m).