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Barcelona, Real Madrid pull out of Kalidou Koulibaly race?

Barca, Real pull out of Koulibaly race?
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Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly withdraw their interest in Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, handing a boost to Manchester United and Liverpool.

Real Madrid and Barcelona have reportedly ended their interest in Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

With the Italian giants open to a sale during the next transfer window, clubs from a number of European football's top leagues have been linked with the centre-back.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Newcastle United are all said to be considering a bid for the Senegal international.

However, The Sun cites reports in France as claiming that Real and Barcelona have joined Paris Saint-Germain in withdrawing from the race.

Despite a reduction in the 28-year-old's asking price, the two Spanish giants are unlikely to be able to match offers made from teams in England.

Although clubs will have to take the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic into consideration, Koulibaly may still command an asking price of £70m.


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