Napoli defender Koulibaly closer to Barça but deal depends on Kounde
Koulibaly has one year to run on his contract and Napoli will listen to offers
However, they will not sell to another Italian club, clearing the path for Barça
Kalidou Koulibaly is one of Barcelona's defensive targets. In fact, despite the fact Xavi Hernandez prefers the arrival of Jules Kounde, the club see Napoli's Koulibaly as a more attractive option in terms of price, international experience and the fact he's a left-sided centre-back.
Barça are on top of the situation and it seems they won't have many competitors because Napoli have told the player they are only prepared to sell him to a non-Italian club, ruling out Juventus.
Per 'Il Matino', Napoli have accepted that Koulibaly will not renew his contract, which expires next summer. Negotiations have broken down, but they are ready to keep him until his deal expires.
They have told the player, meanwhile, they will only listen to offers from abroad. Juve were keen but will have to look elsewhere.
Koulibaly wants to leave and Barça know the conditions of the deal. They have spoke with the player's camp and Napoli. Koulibaly hopes thongs will progress from here but it also depends on Kounde.