Napoli are reportedly keeping tabs on Celtic centre-back Christopher Jullien and have identified him as an option to replace Kalidou Koulibaly.
According to Corriere dello Sport, the Senegalese is expected to be sold this summer, and while the Serie A giants are keen on Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes, they are aware that they face fierce competition for the signature of the Brazilian.
Everton and Manchester United are two other clubs that have been linked with the player and Napoli’s chances of landing him once Koulibaly leaves aren’t that high as a result.
The 27-year-old is seen as a plan B should the move for Gabriel fall through, and while Celtic won’t be too keen to lose the Frenchman, a huge bid could be too tempting to turn down.
Jullien moved to Parkhead from Toulouse last summer for £7 million on a four-year deal, and has become a regular, featuring in 48 games across all competitions to date.
Napoli are reportedly holding out for £90 million with the likes of United and Manchester City keen on Koulibaly, and while it remains to be seen if suitors will meet their demands, they are likely to get something very close and will be willing to invest in a replacement.
Signing Jullien is said to be necessary to keep Napoli’s defence line tight so that as New arrival Victor Osimhen is doing the damage upfront, no goal is allowed in.