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City had Koulibaly bid rejected

Manchester City had a bid of £55 million plus bonuses for Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly turned down by Napoli in the summer.

Koulibaly was linked with a move to the Etihad throughout the summer, but despite weeks of talks between the two clubs, City failed to come up with a price that was acceptable to the Serie A side, with Napoli president holding out for £70 million plus bonuses.

In the end they turned their attention elsewhere and signed Rúben Dias from Benfica for £62 million instead agreeing a six-year deal with him.

That does not mean that Koulibaly is no longer linked with a move ton the Premier League. He is one of the names that has been suggested as a possible replacement for Virgil van Dijk for Liverpool in the January window.

He heads a shortlist of candidates which also includes Ben White of Brighton and Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea.

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