Gennaro Gattuso “agrees with Napoli to extend his contract until 2023 … but could be forced to sell the star Kalidou Koulibaly due to Covid cost reductions”
- Talks about a new deal for Gennaro Gattuso were suspended before Christmas
- It came after Napoli suffered two losses to Inter Milan and Lazio
- Aurelio Di Laurentiis and Gattuso have now reportedly reached an agreement
- Kalidou Koulibaly has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the past few weeks
Gennaro Gattuso has agreed to extend his contract in Napoli but may, according to reports in Italy, be forced to sell star Kalidou Koulibaly to help fund the club amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Talks on a new contract for the former AC Milan boss at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium were interrupted before Christmas after Napoli suffered two defeats against Inter Milan and Lazio.
These losses came after reports in Italy suggested the club fell into another mutiny. The players scolded the 2006 world champions after questioning their stance on their home defeat to AC Milan in November.
Gennaro Gattuso has reportedly agreed to renew his contract in Napoli, according to reports in Italy
But the former head of AC Milan could be forced to sell Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly (center).
Now the Naples-based outlet Il Mattino owners Aurelio De Laurentiis and Gattuso, who replaced the sacked predecessor Carlo Ancelotti in December 2019, have reached an agreement to extend the contract until June 2023. His current contract expires at the end of this season.
However, the report adds that the two will meet again to tackle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which will likely include cost-cutting measures through the sale of some of their big stars.
And the outlet mentions a possible move for star central defender Koulibaly, which has recently been linked to a move to Liverpool to aid their defensive crisis in the absence of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
In October, the 29-year-old Senegalese international, considered by many, including Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, to be one of the best center-backs in Europe, said he was relaxed about his future.
The Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis (left) and Gattuso reached an agreement by June 2023
However, a cost cut due to Covid-19 could force them to sell Koulibaly, who won his first Coppa Italia title with the club last season
“I love Naples and Naples loves me, that’s the most important thing,” he said of Sky Sports.
‘I always make myself available game after game, I have another three years contract, I’m calm, the teams are looking for me, but I’m still here.
“I’m playing at my level and I’m helping this team and these people because I want to give something back to them, then we’ll see what happens.”
Koulibaly came to Napoli in 2014 from the Belgian team Genk and represented Serie A 264 times. Last season he won his first Coppa Italia title with the Italian team.
Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool has been linked to Koulibaly, with Virgil van Dijk (right) injured