PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – Will his move to the EPL benefit Senegal?

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – Will his move to the EPL benefit Senegal?
Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 13:00

Senegal and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly could see his future decided in the next two months with England his next possible destination.

The Lions of Teranga stalwart has been linked with a move away from the Italian Serie A giants and reports have surfaced that he is wanted once again in the English Premier League.

Southampton are said to have rekindled their interest in the defender and will table an offer in January.


Although they failed to lure him last summer, the Saints are eyeing the 26-year-old as Virgil van Dijk's replacement who is wanted by Liverpool among other clubs.

With coach Aliou Cisse's men set to face South Africa's Bafana Bafana in two 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers next month, Koulibaly is expected to be key in their quest to reach Russia.

If Southampton sign him in January, the West Africans will receive a huge boost to have another player in the EPL ahead of the World Cup (which they are also favourites to qualify for).

On the other hand, having announced that he doesn't regret choosing Senegal over France early this year, the centre back will eye a spot at the global tournament to represent his nation and possibly face the Les Bleus.

Koulibaly's move to the EPL will definitely come as a plus for the West Africans, but that will all depend on the negotiations between the two clubs considering he is a key figure at Napoli.

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