According to Eldesmarque, Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho is keen on securing the services of Kalidou Koulibaly. The club has already begun talks with Napoli regarding a potential move to the Premier League for the defender. However, any deal would force them to fork out at least €100 million, which would make him the most expensive defender in history.
Is Koulibaly the right man for Spurs?
Koulibaly is regarded as one of the best defenders in Serie A. The Senegalese centre-back has enjoyed steady growth ever since joining Napoli and is now a mainstay in Carlo Ancelotti’s four-man backline.
The ex-FC Metz defender is primarily known for his passing. Koulibaly can distribute possession at ease while he is also capable of moving up the pitch and threading in precise balls to midfielders and wingers, thus easing the transition play.
Defensively, the 28-year-old has a tall 1.87m frame that gives him a considerable advantage when it comes to aerial duels. Additionally, he is quite challenging in physical duels as well while his ability to read the game makes him a well-rounded defender.
But most importantly, it is Koulibaly’s vast experience at the highest level of football that makes him such a viable target for Tottenham Hotspur. He has already notched up 230 competitive appearances for Napoli, 171 of which came in Serie A. Moreover, the defender has also won 33 caps for the Senegalese national side. Hence, Koulibaly is undoubtedly a viable target for Tottenham.
How can he aid Spurs?
Koulibaly’s potential addition to Tottenham would significantly improve the club’s defensive unit. Although Spurs were known for having a strong unit at the back, the decline of Jan Vertonghen has had a grave effect on their overall quality. The Belgian is already 32 years old and has struggled with numerous fitness problems, of late.
Davinson Sanchez, meanwhile, has failed to appear consistent. As a result, Spurs have often lacked solidity, especially during this ongoing campaign. Koulibaly, in that regard, could add some robustness at the back with his physical and aerial prowess, that should tune in well with the nature of the Premier League.
Moreover, the 28-year-old’s ability to play out from the back would significantly reduce the burden on Toby Alderweireld – making Spurs more effective, especially in dealing with a high pressing opposition. Therefore, the Lilywhites should definitely look to break the bank to sign this Senegalese international this January.