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Napoli president confirms Kalidou Koulibaly, Arkadiusz Milik are ‘on the way out’

Kalidou Koulibaly has called Napoli's 4-0 Champions League win over Genk on Tuesday night an important victory.

In what will come as interesting news to Manchester City, Juventus and Roma, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that Kalidou Koulibaly and Arkadiusz Milik are both poised to leave the club.

Napoli and City have been haggling over a fee for Koulibaly for a number of weeks and it seems a compromise is close to being reached, with Napoli reportedly demanding in the region of €80m for the defender.

While Milik has been linked with a move to Roma as a potential replacement for Edin Džeko, or to Juve as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuaín.

“Koulibaly and Milik are both on their way out, transfer market permitting,” De Laurentiis told Canale 21 on Wednesday.

“So, if the transfer market allows us to sell these two excellent players, we will know how to replace them. If not, then we’ll discuss it again next year.”

Milik’s current deal with Napoli is set to expire in 2021 and if they are unable to sell him this summer, he could leave on a free transfer in 12 months time.

It is not yet known whether Koulibaly’s potential move to City would be affected by Lionel Messi, who could also be heading to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

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