Transfer Talk: Man City prep new bid for Koulibaly

The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain — and you can find out when the windows open and close here — but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: Man City prepare new Koulibaly bid

Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Manchester City are ready to submit a new bid for centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. The saga of the great Napoli defender’s future seems to be on the verge of coming to an end, and that end could well take him from Serie A to the Premier League.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis hasn’t been afraid to put forward his thoughts on how negotiations are going, and City are set to react to that. The offer will be in the range of at least €75 million as Pep Guardiola aims to edge ahead of rivals Manchester United in this particular transfer race.

Milan reach Bakayoko agreement with Chelsea

AC Milan are closing in on a season-long loan for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for the second time in three years, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The two clubs have reached an agreement for the 26-year-old to move to the San Siro for the season for €3m, with the Rossoneri possessing a €30m option to purchase next summer.

Milan are in the midst of reshaping their midfield, with the seven-time European champions expected to confirm the signing of 20-year-old Brescia prodigy Sandro Tonali in the coming weeks.

Sampdoria make contact with Silva

Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria have made contact with Leicester City midfielder Adrien Silva over a potential move to Serie A, Gianluca Di Marzio reports.

After 18 months on loan with Monaco he was hoping to complete a permanent transfer to the Ligue 1 club, but with an offer yet to emerge from the Principality, Ranieri is looking to strike.

Silva admitted earlier this summer that his future probably lies away from the King Power Stadium, and with just one year remaining on his contract, it’s difficult to envision any other outcome.


West Ham United have made a bid of more than £20m for Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski, Sky Sports reports. The story comes in the wake of the news that Grady Diangana, an England U21 international within the Hammers’ ranks, was sold to West Bromwich Albion. David Moyes ensured fans that the money made from the sale would be reinvested into the squad, and if they’re able to land Tarkowski, he’ll go some way towards following through on that claim.

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