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Man City want Koulibaly, Soyuncu and Bastoni also on list

Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly is Pep Guardiola’s number one target for the Manchester City defence, journalist Jose Alvarez reports.

The 29-year-old has consistently been one of Serie A’s best defenders over the past few seasons and could leave this summer.

However, he will not go cheap with Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis recently saying the Senegal defender will cost €100m.

“If City or United or PSG with €100m showed up, I would think about it and it is probable that they would leave, always if their will was to leave,” De Laurentiis told Corriere dello Sport.

“I don’t even consider an offer of €60m.”

British journalist Duncan Castles also states that Koulibaly is City’s main choice to strengthen their defence.

Guardiola’s side has lacked stability at the back this season due to the long-term absence of Aymeric Laporte.

John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi could leave the Etihad Stadium this summer, creating a vacancy at the back.

City’s Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with Koulibaly recently.

Soyuncu and Bastoni on the list

Two younger central defenders are under consideration at Man City as alternatives to Koulibaly.

The first is Leicester City and Turkey star Caglar Soyuncu, 24, a key performer for the Foxes this year.

However, as is the case with another Leicester player liked by City, Ben Chilwell, Soyuncu would be very expensive.

The third name Guardiola has on his shortlist is Inter centre-back Alessandro Bastoni.

21-year-old Bastoni has broken into Antonio Conte’s Inter first team this season, making 16 appearances in Serie A.

The Italy under-21 international could be a cheaper option than Koulibaly or Soyuncu.

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