Kalidou Koulibaly can emulate Virgil van Dijk if he signs for a Premier League club, says Ally McCoist, amid Manchester United, Man City and Liverpool transfer rumours

Ally McCoist believes the Premier League’s top clubs should all be interested in signing Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli this summer, saying the centre-back would automatically improve any team in the top flight.

The Senegal international is one of the finest defenders in the game and has been linked with a move to England for a number of years, but has ended up staying at Napoli where he still has three years to run on his current contract.

Koulibaly is seen as one of the best centre-backs in the world

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Koulibaly is seen as one of the best centre-backs in the world

But reports of Koulibaly finally making a move to England have ramped up in recent weeks after the Serie A club failed to qualify for Champions League football.

A disappointing season saw Napoli finish seventh in the table, and it is claimed the centre-back is keen to move on this summer after six years in Naples.

Manchester United, Man City and Liverpool have all linked with an interest, although the Italian club’s sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli said earlier this week they are yet to receive any offers.

Interested clubs will also have been encouraged by recent claims that Napoli have lowered their asking price from around £80million, and are now willing to accept a fee in the region of £65m.

And McCoist has told talkSPORT the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham should also be chasing Koulibaly’s signature, saying he can make an impact similar to the one Virgil van Dijk made when the Dutchman signed for Liverpool in 2018.

Koulibaly has been linked with finally making a move to the Premier League this summer after Napoli failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League

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Koulibaly has been linked with finally making a move to the Premier League this summer after Napoli failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League

“The key signing for Liverpool was Van Dijk, and I think [that position] is so important for a number of top clubs,” the Rangers legend said on the talkSPORT Breakfast.

“In that I include Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Man City definitely need to strengthen in the centre-back position and I also think Manchester United need to strengthen there.

“I think Harry Maguire has done fine, but there’s a question mark over Lindelof and you certainly need strength in depth.

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“The name I keep going back to is the lad Koulibaly at Napoli, who has impressed for a long, long time now.

I don’t know whether there have been moves to try and get him out of Napoli, or whether he’s happy there, the big Senegalese defender.

“But I think he is the one target a lot of top Premier League clubs would and should be looking at.”

Listen back to a clip of Ally McCoist on the talkSPORT Breakfast above!


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