Mikel Arteta targeting Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly as Arsenal make contact over possible move

Arsenal are keen to bolster their ranks with Kalidou Koulibaly when the January transfer window opens. New Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen to improve his squad after taking over from Unai Emery at the Emirates.

Arsenal are down in 11th in the Premier League table, nine points behind Chelsea in fourth. And with the Gunners desperate to make it into the Champions League next season they will look to strengthen in the January transfer window.

And according to renowned transfer expert Ian McGarry, Arsenal have contacted the representatives of Koulibaly as they look to bolster their backline.

He said on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window Podcast: “I’ve heard, although can’t confirm, that Arsenal have also made contact with Napoli through a third-party regarding Koulibaly.

“And also that they’ve got some interest from Sead Kolasinac.

“So you could see the possibility of Kolasinac being offered to Napoli in part-exchange plus cash, although Di Laurentiis prefers cash for Koulibaly because he wants to strengthen his team up the Serie A table.”

Manchester United have also been credited with interest in Koulibaly despite signing Harry Maguire in the summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants reinforcements as the Red Devils struggle to make an impact in the Premier League this season.

Meanwhile, Arteta has also confirmed Freddie Ljungberg will be part of his backroom team despite his poor spell in caretaker charge.

“I spoke to Freddie after the game,” Arteta said.

“I told him my idea and the people I wanted to bring to form my coaching staff, their roles and responsibilities of each of them. I wanted to know what he was feeling, I wanted to know what he had in mind, what his expectations were.

“We talked and we made a decision that the best thing was for him to stay with us. I think he can be very available.

“I think he knows the players, he knows the situation, he knows the history of where we’re coming from and also his knowledge of the game is going to really help us to be better.

“I knew him a little bit before obviously, and we will start a new chapter now with new ideas, new ways of doing things.


Source: Express


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