Back in the summer of 2016, Everton made their move to sign Kalidou Koulibaly to replace the Manchester City-bound John Stones.
But, like so many before him, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri quickly discovered that Napoli president Aurelio di Laurentiis is not the easiest man to negotiate with.
We tried to buy Koulibaly from Napoli and they wanted £60 million,” Moshiri told talkSPORT (7 November 2016, 10am).
“We competed with Chelsea for him, went right up to the asking price (bidding £60m) and they didn't want to sell.”
Two years on, however, it seems that Everton are still dreaming of bringing Koulibaly to Goodison Park. That is according to AreaNapoli, who believe the Senegal centre-back is one of three Partenopei favourites on The Toffees’ radar, alongside energetic midfielder Allan and Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik.
Now, in the last two years Koulibaly has cemented his reputation as one of the elite defenders in European football. So no wonder Napoli are now demanding even more than £60 million.
According to The Metro, the Serie A giants will ask for a world-record fee, likely to be around £90 million.
So it’s fair to say that Moshiri would have to dig very deep if he is to fund a deal that would make the whole of world football sit up and take notice. The harsh reality, however, is that Koulibaly to Everton looks like a pipe dream.