Koulibaly preferred Napoli stay over Norwich or Saints

Date published: Thursday 17th September 2015 12:31

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Norwich and Southampton were both interested in Kalidou Koulibaly, but the defender’s agent says either club would have been a step down from Napoli.

The centre-half was made available by the Serie A side, with Bayer Leverkusen also having held talks with the 24-year-old.

But Bruno Satin claims his client did not want to take a step down from Napoli, who were also demanding a high fee.

The agent said: “Early in the summer the player was put up for sale, but with a very high asking price,”

“Maybe at a certain point they realised that it could be a mistake to sell him. Also, the teams interested were not on the same level as Napoli.

“We spoke to Southampton, Norwich and Bayer Leverkusen, they were looking for a defender on loan. Napoli asked for twice as much as they’d spent.”

He added in an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss: “The club were looking at a lot of players for the defence, when they already had a player like Kalidou who is potentially stronger than some of them.

“The lad was happy in Naples, and didn’t want to take a step back in his career. I hope now that he can find space under [coach Maurizio] Sarri.”

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