Report: £70m defender now 'really close' to joining Tottenham

Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli controls the ball during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and SSC Napoli at Stadio Friuli on December 7, 2019 in Udine, Italy.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Napoli's French defender Kalidou Koulibaly celebrates after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Napoli on April 22, 2018 at the Allianz Stadium in...

According to a report in El Desmarque, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is ‘really close’ to joining Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham have been long-term admirers of the £70 million-rated (Daily Express) Koulibaly, and are thought to be looking to sign a centre-back this season.

Spurs have had problems at the back throughout the campaign, with Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld both showings signs of age, and Davinson Sanchez out of favour at the moment.

 

Tottenham are now said to have stepped up their chase for Koulibaly, and they are prepared to pay big for him.

Spurs are reportedly happy to double Real Madrid’s offer for Koulibaly in a bid to ensure that he comes to North London.

Reports in Spain now claim that Tottenham are very close to finalising what would be a huge deal for them.

Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli in action during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Napoli and RB Leipzig at the Stadio San Paolo on February 15, 2018 in Naples, Italy.

Tottenham fans will be cautious over getting too excited about the links though.

Doubling any rival club’s offer is a strategy which would be very out of character for Daniel Levy, who usually shops around for bargains.

There is no doubting that Koulibaly would be a massive signing for Spurs, as he is regarded as one of the very best centre-backs in the world.

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