Arsenal are looking to considerably bolster their defensive ranks this summer after a disappointing season but will likely have to adjust their plans following the latest reports.
Italian outlet Rai Sport, cited by Football Italia, state Napoli have slapped a monumental price-tag of €120m upon the head of Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who is attracting a wealth of interest.
Arsenal were linked with the signature of the 26-year-old defender earlier this week but would face immense competition in the market, with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United also keen on the centre-half.
However, Napoli’s demands of €120m, which would make Koulibaly the most expensive defender in the history of football, will certainly lead to Arsenal cooling their interest – and the Gunners have already been linked with alternatives.
Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis is said to be very close to moving to the Emirates Stadium, while Arsenal are also reported to be looking at Freiburg’s Caglar Soyuncu and West Brom’s Jonny Evans.