Manchester City have reportedly moved a step closer to completing the signing of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

City boss Pep Guardiola has highlighted the Senegalese international as his key defensive target this summer, with Napoli originally demanding €80m for him.

However, according to reports in Italy and France, City have brought that price down to below 70, with personal terms set to be thrashed out in the coming weeks.

Guardiola has already brought over £100m worth of talent this month, with the arrivals of Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake.

As for City’s links with Lionel Messi, Barcelona have reiterated their stance that any interested parties will need to pay his €700m release clause.

And with Barcelona set to dig in, City will simply have to wait and see if a termination can be secured on the Argentinian’s contract.

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