Aurelio De Laurentiis talks £95m bid for Kalidou Koulibaly and Sarri

19 December 2018 11:29 GMT

Outspoken Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed of a £95m bid for Kalidou Koulibaly while taking a dig at Chelsea and former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.

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Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed rumours of  Manchester United having “offered £95m” for Kalidou Koulibaly before the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

“We are more than capable of developing top players and keeping them too,” the President told reporters at the Corriere del Mezzogiorno panel.

“When they offer £95m for a center-back, that is a figure that has never been offered before, it means this is a top player.”

“When we had Gonzalo Higuain who scored all those goals with Rafa Benitez and Sarri, even though he missed some penalties and skipped the Champions League for a season, we had top players.

De Laurentiis furthermore went on to explain the differences between former manager Sarri with current coach Carlo Ancelotti

“I chose Sarri against everyone’s advice. At the time, the city was covered in banners protesting my decision,” insisted ADL. He was quoted by Football Italia

“He had a way of making himself adored even by the most extreme fringes of the fanbase. He’s an individualist, someone who suffered in the lower leagues on pitches with no grass and the odd stone. He’d also suffer because he tended to be fired after six games.

“Then he had that run from Serie C to Serie A with Empoli and when we lost 4-2 against him, I thought he might be the right man for us.

“I had also wanted Mihajlovic, but he didn’t convince me, as he was too energetic and forced the players to follow him.”

“On the other hand, Sarri seemed timid and I discovered he was so dissatisfied with his past (working in finance). For a Communist, to base, his profession on the evils of money brought him to suffer from a syndrome of dissatisfaction”.

“I found Sarri to be very highly-strung. His wife couldn’t even come to the stadium. I used to say to Sarri, who shall we buy? He’d reply that he didn’t want to know anything about it.”

 Ancelotti brings a very different vibe to the Stadio San Paolo.

“I’d known Ancelotti for five years, but when we met up, I found a man who was relaxed and content, with a thousand interests you could sit down and talk about, without ever having to discuss football all night.”

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