- Kalidou Koulibaly is wanted by top clubs in England
- Newcastle are the latest club to be preparing a bid for the defender
- Manchester United have also been linked with the Napoli star
With the imminent take over by rich Saudi-based consortium, Kalidou Koulibaly could be heading to Premier League club Newcastle United, SunSport reports.
The £70million-rated defender is reportedly interested in the move only if the oil rich Saudi officials finalize their purchase of the club.
The Napoli of Italy star is also said to be keen on leaving the Italian giants, but he wont force his way out unless the Toon management is completely taken over.
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Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is reportedly doing everything within his might to finally acquire the club.
The Wall Street Journal claim a final deal between President of Magpies Mike Ashley and the Crown Prince is in its final stage.
Saudi royalty was responsible for holding top events in the Arabian nation in 2019 including a major WWE event and Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz rematch.
Salman had previously tried to buy Premier League giants Man United for £3billion or supporting a state bid last year but could not persuade the Glazers to sell.
Taking over the St, James' Park outfit could be similar to the Abu Dhabi's acquisition of Manchester City in 2008 as team overhaul is imminent.
Ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is already favourite to take over from Steve Bruce.
And it appears Newcastle’s new owners already have their gazes fixed firmly on 28-year-old Koulibaly.
The giant centre-back is in his sixth season at Napoli and has clocked up a whopping 233 appearances.
He has long been linked with a move to England, and Man United are understood to retain an interest in his services.
Most recently, Liverpool have been tipped to make a bid for the £70million-rated defender, but it could be Newcastle who win the race for his signature should they welcome new owners to St James’ Park.
However, it’s reckoned the takeover is being put on hold with the Premier League feeling “abandoned” by the government for having to rule on such a morally and politically perilous decision.
Legit.ng earlier reported that former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino may be making a sensational return to the Premier League with Newcastle United set for takeover over by a Saudi-backed consortium is imminent, Daily Star reports.
After leading Spurs to an unprecedented UEFA Champions League final where they finished runners-up, the Argentine resigned his position as manager of the club in the summer of 2019.
Former Newcastle defender Warren Barton has claimed that the manager who is currently a free agent is the best man to replace Newcastle manager Steve Bruce.
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