Manchester City’s chief operating officer Omar Berrada has denied reports claiming that the Citizens attempted to sign Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly during the transfer window.
City have been consistently linked with a move for the Napoli centre-back this summer, but instead it was Dias who came through the door in a club-record deal.
However, Berrada has since revealed that the Premier League giants made no effort to strike a deal for the Senegal international, although Koulibaly was on City’s radar for a little while
“The truth is we never were in negotiations with his club at all about him,” Berrada told The Athletic. “It was very interesting to see the amount of noise that was coming out from certain media outlets and social media.
“I smiled because there were certain instances where people were reporting that the deal was agreed, done, about to happen, he was going to be announced in a few days, when we were never in touch at all with Napoli about him.
“He’s definitely a top, top player so some consideration was given to him, but really within some parameters that were very clear to us — and those parameters never came into play so he was never really considered in that sense.”
➽ ‘Thank you Txiki, thinks he’s the next Ramos’ – Fans react as Eric Garcia ‘angered’ by City’s Refusal to Sell
➽ ‘I think Bielsa should take over’ – A Man City fan’s perfect replacement for Pep Guardiola
➽ ‘Fernandinho replacement sorted’ – Fans reacts to Man City’s ‘strong interest’ in €50m Milan star
➽ ‘Stupid by him, Let him rot there’ – Some Spurs Fans fume over John Stone transfer claims
➽ ‘Twisted priorities’ – Fans react as Man City ‘set to sign’ 22-year-old Argentine striker
In reaction to the report shared on Twitter by Man City xtra and City Chief, Manchester City fans have expressed their thoughts and opinions.
You can find some of the best comments from Twitter below
What were they doing for the 2 months then?
— Abhishek24 (@AbhishekSpace24) October 9, 2020
So how does he explain the link on City site which said win a KK t-shirt? Taking us fans for fools?
— Leadership (@Leadership_Cee) October 9, 2020
Napoli in the mud😭😭
— ⚡cσℓℓเɳร™🤙🏾🤪 (@collinsMCFC) October 9, 2020
Berrada is a bullshitter.
If Dias was our number one target, why did we waste over 3 months signing a CB?
Stop trying to save face and just have the bollocks to admit it.
— Luke (@Komps4) October 9, 2020
He is lying. We had Koulibaly mentioned in the official website during Dias announcement pic.twitter.com/TAEhFCQk2m
— Njotu 🇨🇲 (@NjotuPower) October 9, 2020
Despite the arrival of the Portuguese defender from Benfica, it appears the club had a template set up for the Koulibaly signing instead, and forgot to change a section at the bottom of the article.
The mistake was quickly rectified, but not before screenshots were taken and shared across social media for the world to see.