• Barcelona has reportedly gained interest in is Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly
  • Koulibaly is known to be a quality center back with elite defensive skills
  • The estimated market value price of Koulibaly is 60 million euros  

The roster of Barcelona is looking to add depth to their club as they’re reportedly eying another formidable player. The latest speculation involves Napoli’s center back Kalidou Koulibaly.

Throughout Koulibaly’s career, he has already proven he is a worthy competitor among the world’s best players. The defender from Senegal possesses the capabilities to make his presence felt every time he steps foot on the pitch. The 28-year-old has been with Napoli since 2014 and has shown his significant impact for his club.

During his stint with Napoli, he has proven to be one of the elite players in tackling and marking. The way he reads the opponent’s offense is world-class and will serve as a great asset for any team. Couple these traits with a tremendous game of speed, strength and stamina make for an all-around player. In 233 appearances with Napoli, he has also managed to score on 10 separate occasions. To add to this he also was able to assist on five goals.

Other than Koulibaly’s athleticism, the anticipation and timing he possesses have helped serve as Napoli’s defensive anchor. This makes him one of the hottest transfer targets around the world with the way he consistently delivers on the pitch.

But this elite defender comes at a hefty price. Per Everything Barca, the former Italian Super Cup winner is estimated to have a market value of around 60 million Euros.

Another option also comes at the price of offering players such as Samuel Umtiti and Junior Firpo in a swap deal. These two young players have also shown signs of brilliance and can be further developed in a different location. This will hopefully lessen the transfer price and it will be easier for Barcelona to sign the defensive specialist.

With this, it will be interesting to see how Barcelona and Napoli will move forward regarding their rosters. The potential of Koulibaly is high and he’s shown how much he has developed in his career as a center back. It remains to be seen if Barcelona is willing to shell out the amount and assets they have in order to secure an excellent player.

Barcelona played Las Palmas in an empty Camp Nou in October 2017.
Barcelona played Las Palmas in an empty Camp Nou in October 2017. AFP / JOSE JORDAN