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Kalidou Koulibaly is a Senegalese football player who plays as a centre back for Napoli. He was born on June 20th, 1991 in Saint-Die-des-Vosges, a small town in northeastern France. His parents are Senegalese and Koulibaly could choose whether he wants to play for France or Senegal.
He started his career at the local club Saint-Die before moving to Metz youth academy. Koulibaly made his professional debut in 2010 but he was still a part of the Metz affiliate and played for both sides sporadically. His first full season at Metz was the 2011-2012 season and it was also his last.
At the end of the season the defender moved to Genk. He remained in Belgium for two seasons and managed to win the domestic cup with the team. He also developed further and many teams were making him one of their top targets.
In 2014, Koulibaly made transfer news when he moved to Italy and signed for Napoli. The Senegalese player is still at the club despite many attempts by bigger clubs to buy him. During his six years in Naples, Koulibaly has only won one Coppa Italia but he helped Napoli become a perennial member of the top 4 Italian teams. He was named Serie A Best Defender in 2019 and included in the team of the season on four occasions.
The central defender played for the youth selections of France but he decided to represent the county of his parents at the international stage. He made his debut for Senegal in 2015 and has since played in more than 40 games and became the captain of the national team. He represented his country at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 World Cup.
Kalidou Koulibaly Transfers and Rumours
- 2003: Saint-Die to Metz – Free Transfer
- 2012: Metz to Genk – £1.2 million
- 2014: Genk to Napoli – £7 million
Koulibaly spent his youth career at Saint-Die and Metz before he finally broke into the first team in 2012. After one season with the Metz first team, football whispers suggested that he could be on the move. This happened when Genk paid around £1.2 million to bring the defender to Belgium.
Immediately after arriving, the robust defender found his place in the first team. He spent two seasons at Genk and his performances increased his transfer odds. A few teams were interested in his services but the most concrete was Napoli. The Italians paid around £7 million to bring him to Naples and the move paid off since Koulibaly has been the centrepiece of their defence ever since.
While Koulibaly is still with the club, there have been many attempts to pry him away. Transfer rumours and gossip are always surrounding the Senegalese, including reported interest from Liverpool and Manchester United. Both teams have sent transfer bids but the Italians rejected them. According to unconfirmed sources, Koulibally is set to leave Napoli soon and the Red Devils are the main favourites for his signature. It remains to be seen whether the defender will actually end up at Old Trafford or will he move to some other destination.