Italy great Fabio Cannavaro has suggested former club Napoli should attempt to sign Paulo Dybala while making a “sacrifice” to renew Kalidou Koulibaly’s contract.
Dybala is set to join Inter when his Juventus current contract expires at the end of June, while Romelu Lukaku is also reportedly set to join Simone Inzaghi on loan.
Napoli supporters have grown frustrated with President Aurelio De Laurentiis, and Partenopei is reportedly looking to reduce their salaries, leaving the future of Dries Mertens and Koulibaly in doubt.
Lorenzo Insigne has already left the MLS club Toronto and Cannavaro, who started his career in Naples, has urged Napoli to relocate to Dybala.
“If I had been at De Laurentiis I would have made a suggestion to Dybala,” the World Cup winner told Corriere Dello Sport.
Although Napoli are unlikely to be able to land the Argentine, Cannavaro also says they should do everything in their power to keep Koulibaly.
Barcelona, Juventus, and Manchester United are reportedly interested in the defender, whose contract expires in June 2023.
De Laurentiis admitted in early May that the Senegalese midfielder could not be forced to stay after Koulibaly said “we will see what happens at the end of the season”.
“Kalidou represents a pillar of the team in recent years that has always been fortunate to be able to rely on him: if I were in the team I would sacrifice to keep him, to revive him,” added Cannavaro.
“Maybe he has needs that other teams can satisfy, but it’s hard to find players like him in that role: we have to keep them close.
“There is a shortage [of those players], you can get a midfielder or a striker.”
Luciano Spalletti will be keen to keep Koulibaly after Napoli scored the fewest goals in Serie A (31) and kept the clean sheets for the second time (16 – after Milan, 18) in the 2021-22 campaign.