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Napoli target Lyon star Jason Denayer to replace Koulibaly

Napoli could replace Manchester City-linked Kalidou Koulibaly with a former City defender, according to Het Nieuwsblad.

Lyon centre-back Jason Denayer is emerging as a serious target for Napoli should Koulibaly’s move to City go through.

City and Napoli are yet to agree a fee for Senegalese star Koulibaly, but Pep Guardiola’s team are readying another bid.

Denayer, 25, has shone for Lyon in recent years and his performances in last season’s Champions League boosted his reputation.

Atletico Madrid and several Premier League sides have been watching him, but Napoli are the ‘most concrete’ option to make an offer right now.

The only question is whether Lyon would be willing to sell Denayer.

The Champions League semi-finalists are not in the next edition of that competition, so players will inevitably leave.

Houssem Aouer, Memphis Depay and Moussa Dembele are currently closer to the exit than Denayer.

But that does not rule out a departure for Denayer, who joined OL from Man City for €10m in 2018.

If Denayer does go, he could potentially become the most expensive Belgian defender of all time.

Timothy Castagne, who recently joined Leicester for €24m, holds that record for the time being.

Denayer has won 13 caps for Belgium and was named Man of the Match in their 2-0 win over Denmark on Saturday.

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