Napoli will allegedly take Kalidou Koulibaly off the transfer list if a deal for the centre-half is not done by this weekend.
The 29-year-old star has been consistently linked with a transfer to the Premier League for a number of years now, with Manchester United said to be most interested as the club search for defensive reinforcements.
Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be monitoring his situation, but no club has yet been ready to meet Napoli’s €75 million (£69.1m) asking price.
La Gazzetta dello Sport states that Man City are currently leading the race but aren’t willing to pay more than €70 million (£64.5m), with talks further complicated by the frosty relationship between the two sides following the collapse of a deal for Jorginho back in 2018.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that Kalidou will be allowed to leave this summer if the club receive a suitable proposal, but both the club and he’d also still be happy if he stayed.
The Serie A giants have set a deadline of this weekend to get any deal sorted due to their league campaign getting underway versus Parma on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Manchester United have made contact with Watford hierarchy over the signing of their winger Ismaila Sarr as the Red Devils are losing hope of being able to land Jadon Sancho, reports the Independent.
The 22-year-old Senegalese star was one of the few bright spots of Watford’s most recent PL season, which ended in relegation.
He put in a particularly impressive display against league champions Liverpool, who are also reportedly keen on the winger.