Napoli linked with move for Eric Bailly after Kalidou Koulibaly exit

Just 24 hours after a starring role in Manchester United’s opening pre-season game, Eric Bailly is being linked with an exit.

Serie A side Napoli are reported to be considering Bailly as a replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly, reports Area Napoli.

The Italian side have agreed to sell Koulibaly to Chelsea for a fee of £33.8 million, The Guardian report, and he is set to undergo a medical imminently.

Koulibaly was linked strongly to Manchester United four years ago, at a triple of the price Chelsea are paying. Now at 31-years-old, the Senegalese international is finally heading to the Premier League.

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Napoli linked with move for Eric Bailly

Eric Bailly is on a shortlist of players Napoli are considering as a Koulibaly replacement.

Napoli took Axel Tuanzebe on loan from Manchester United in January, but he struggled with injuries and did not make an impact.

Bailly was one of United’s best players in the opening game of pre-season tour against Liverpool, and this may have put him in the shop window.

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The potential arrival of Lisandro Martinez would push Bailly down to fifth choice centre-back, diminishing his chances of game time even further.

The Telegraph report he is available for transfer – although is willing to stay and fight for his place under Erik ten Hag.

This could change if there is a firm offer from Napoli on the table. The Italian side hope to challenge for the Serie A title, and will compete in the Champions League next season. It could be an attractive destination for him.

In terms of price, Napoli would not want to spend the entirety of the fee received for Koulibaly, but United could hope to land around £20 million for Bailly. This may end up suiting all parties.

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