Pep Guardiola has asked Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak to do everything it takes to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly.
The centre-back’s £75million release clause pose as a major obstacle.
Guardiola sees the 29-year-old defender as the perfect replacement for former captain Vincent Kompany, who left the club last summer.
However, the clubs’ bad blood stems back to 2018 could further complicate negotiations between the two parties.
But the City boss has pleaded with Al-Mubarak to put aside any grudges and do his best to bring the Senegal international to the Etihad.
And it appear the Catalan manager’s calls is being heeded as they are trying to use Koulibaly’s agent Fali Ramadami as a go-between.