Tuesday Oct 13, 2020. 11:08
Manchester City chief operating officer Omar Berrada has revealed that the Premier League club were never interested in signing Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly during the international transfer window.
The Senegalese centre-back was continuously linked with a move to Etihad Stadium and while Berrada confirmed that City are aware of Koulibaly’s qualities, no discussions were held in the European summer window.
He told The Athletic as reported by Goal.com: “The truth is, we never were in negotiations with his club at all about him.
“It was very interesting to see the amount of noise that was coming out from certain media outlets and social media.
“I smiled because there were certain instances where people were reporting that the deal was agreed, done, about to happen, he was going to be announced in a few days, when we were never in touch at all with Napoli about him.
“He’s definitely a top, top player, so some consideration was given to him, but really within some parameters that were very clear to us — and those parameters never came into play, so he was never really considered in that sense.”
Rather than signing Koulibaly, City completed the transfers of Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias with the latter arriving from Benfica for a reported £62 million.