Kalidou Koulibaly who left yesterday afternoon heading towards London to kick off his adventure at Chelsea from today is the first step in a domination of the defenders which at this moment is the epicenter of the Italian transfer market.
The big sale to finance the incoming market is the strategic plan of Naples, Inter and Juventus and the Neapolitans can now take the next steps. Kim Min-jae of Fenerbahce – Korean defender class of ’96 – is today the first goal to replace the one who should have become the new captain: he costs half of Koulibaly, he is five years less, important prospects and qualities but also a career to high levels to be verified. Napoli kept the contacts alive yesterday and, in the meantime, also blocked Francesco Acerbi out of the Lazio project and eager to change his shirt soon. Manchester United’s Bailly is another option as is Marcos Senesi, while Nikola Milenkovic prefers to wait for Inter or Juventus.
On the Skriniar and De Ligt front, however, no substantial progress has been made in the last 48 hours. The long-awaited relaunch of PSG for the Slovakian in the early days of this week has not arrived and this does not advance a negotiation that for now is stopped at the offer of a few weeks ago: 60 million euros including bonuses. If Skriniar is not unlocked, Bremer (nor Milenkovic) will not be unlocked and the risk is that Bayern Munich could arrive for De Ligt before the PSG relaunch: at the beginning of the week Salihamidzic’s blitz brought the offer of 60 million euros plus 10 bonuses, Juve asks for 80 fixed sides and in Munich in these hours the relaunch is being studied, with the desire to quickly close the game. Which is the same as Juventus because, at that point, they would have the necessary money to try to bring down Bremer’s granite certainties up to now or to focus on another center of international caliber. But with the money from the sale of De Ligt, Juve can also close for Nicolò Zaniolo. Just as Napoli, now, having lost its pillar, can give a signal to an upset square by trying to undermine Roma for Paulo Dybala. Because you don’t live on defenders alone, even if at this moment – in Italy – the transfer market is in their hands.