Last month a couple of reports in the Italian media linked Arsenal with a move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
We weren’t the only club touted as a possible destination for the 24-year-old Senegalese international, Chelsea, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid were also listed as interested parties.
The player himself has now gone on record saying he expects to leave the Stadio San Paulo this summer after receiving a number of offers.
“My situation? I have three years on my contract,” Koulibaly told L’Equipe.
“I was very happy at the time when I signed a five-year deal but now I had a great season and I have many offers on the table.
“I want to make the right decision from a financial and sporting standpoint.
“Many great clubs want me and I have no news from Napoli. I get the impression I may leave. I want to keep growing perhaps by going abroad.
“Have I spoken to [new Chelsea manager] Conte? No, but it could happen. If Napoli doesn’t contact me I will start talking to other clubs.”
Napoli have already suggested that the player isn’t for sale so this could well be a ploy to secure a new lucrative contract. Either way it doesn’t look like Arsenal are in the driving seat. Our poo-o-meter rating is high…
Our poo-o-meter rating is high…