Napoli warned Koulibaly price won't go down because of Covid-19
The centre back defender Kalidou Koulibaly will turn 29 this month. Photo-Getty Images

Italian football club Napoli has warned they will not allow the center back Kalidou Koulibaly to leave in a cut-price deal, insisting the defender’s value has not budged during the coronavirus crisis.

The club sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli said it will take top dollar to prise away any of the club’s stars.  He has frequently been linked with a move, including to Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool.

“They say negotiations will change, but in my opinion,  this is an alibi. I don’t think the coronavirus issue can change the price of Koulibaly or other top players,” Giuntoli told Italian broadcaster Sky Sport 24.

Clubs across Europe have been hit by the impact of the pandemic, with the financial toll leading to suggestions it could have a major effect on the transfer market.