Aurelio De Laurentiis, Napoli ‘s chairman, opened the door to sell Kalidou Koulibaly by setting an application price of £81 million.
The Senegal international has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months, with many Premier League clubs being considered involved.
Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City were all linked to the center-back which is considered one of the best in its European position.
The 29-year-old, who transferred in 2014 from Genk to Stadio San Paolo, still has three years left to run on his new deal and won’t be coming in cheap.
Yet for the first time, De Laurentiis seems to have opened the door to an exit by placing a price tag on his name.
“Kalidou is a wonderful guy and of course it would be sad to lose him,” the Naples manager told Sky Italia.
“Everything has a time and place, even when it comes to going our separate ways. Having said that, we’ve got no €90 million (£81 million) on the table and it takes two to separate in any event.”