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Transfer rumor roundup: Salisu to Man Utd, Koulibaly to Spurs

transfer rumor roundup

VALLADOLID, SPAIN - JANUARY 26: Mohamed Salisu of Valladolid (R) plays against Rodrygo Goes of Real Madrid (C) during the Liga match between Real Valladolid CF and Real Madrid at Estadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla on January 26, 2020 in Valladolid, Spain. (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

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Kalidou Koulibaly could really leave Napoli this time.

No, really.

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The Senegalese defender headlines Tuesday’s run through the transfer rumor mill, with Premier League clubs linked with the center back.

Koulibaly turns 29 this summer and has been absent for most of 2020 through injury but remains one of the best backs in the world.

He has 10 goals and five assists in 233 career appearances for Napoli, and played every minute of the UCL group stage. Napoli went unbeaten, holding Liverpool to one goal over two matches, and is still alive after a 1-1 home draw with Barcelona.

Reporter Gianluca DiMarzio says that both Tottenham and Everton would like to get their hands on the big man, saying Daniel Levy has a good relationship with Koulibaly’s agents. Koulibaly, of course, played well under current Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Koulibaly has also been regularly linked with Manchester United, with Chelsea rumors in his history as well.

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MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 16: Mauro Icardi (L) of FC Internazionale Milano controls the ball against Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and SSC Napoli at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 16, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

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The agent for Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu says the player is in demand by many top clubs including Manchester United.

That could mean something, considering the agent is the father of a current United midfielder.

Juan Mata Sr. made the claims about the young center back, who has a goal and an assist during his debut La Liga campaign with Real Valladolid (He debuted for the first team at 2018-19 Copa del Rey).

Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are also linked with the left-footed center back, who has a reported $12 million release clause. Salisu turned 21 less than two weeks ago.