In comments later published online by Football Italia, Bruno Satin revealed that Norwich City and Southampton had made contact regarding a potential move for the 24-year-old centre-back, but that Napoli’s valuation played a part in the Senegal international remaining in Italy.
“Early in the summer the player was put up for sale, but with a very high asking price,” Satin is quoted as saying.
“We spoke to Southampton, Norwich and Bayer Leverkusen, they were looking for a defender on loan.”
In the end Southampton brought in Steven Caulker from Queens Park Rangers and Virgil van Dijk from Celtic so Saints fans can have no complaints.
As for Norwich they signed Andre Wisdom on loan from Liverpool but have otherwise relied on the defenders that had helped them to promotion the previous season.
Koulibaly has played 44 matches for Napoli having also turned out for FC Metz and Genk, but with just one appearance so far this season and two stints as an unused substitute the player could reassess his future next summer if the situation does not change.