Spurs have reportedly moved into pole position to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during this month’s transfer window.
According to Spanish news outlet El Desmarque (via Daily Express), the North London club have moved ahead of Real Madrid in the race to sign the Senegalese defender, as Jose Mourinho looks to bring in defensive reinforcements during the transfer window. Spurs have recorded just three clean sheets in the Premier League this season, so it is no surprise to see them linked with a defender of Koulibaly’s quality.
Spurs have reportedly launched a huge bid to sign Real top target Koulibaly from Napoli, who has averaged an impressive 6.99 average rating so far this season, despite Napoli’s struggles in Serie A. Indeed, it is claimed Tottenham have placed a bid worth double what the Spanish giants were prepared to pay.
The former Genk defender is currently valued at £67.5 million by transfermarkt, so it would be a huge transfer for Mourinho’s side if they do convince him to make the move to North London this month.
Do you think that Spurs could sign Koulibaly this month?
It is no surprise to see Spurs in the market for a central defender, with Jan Vertonghen looking unlikely to sign a new contract at the club, meaning he could leave on a free transfer at the end of the season when his contract expires. Kouliably, meanwhile, has not appeared for Napoli since a five-minute cameo in a home loss against Parma back in December, which perhaps suggests why he is being linked with a move away from Gennaro Gattuso’s side.
If Spurs do manage to sign the 28-year-old defender this month, then it will be a massive statement of intent from the North London side and you would hope that it would help improve their obvious defensive issues.