KALIDOU KOULIBALY reportedly wants to sign for Manchester City to work with Pep Guardiola.

Rumours are rife that the Premier League side are nearing a £72.5million deal for the Napoli defender.

After relinquishing their crown to Liverpool, the inquest is already well underway at Etihad Stadium and many have highlighted their defence as needing improvement.

The loss of Aymeric Laporte to injury earlier in the year sparked a below-average run of form and City were criticised for not having a replacement ready.

But that could all change with the arrival of Koulibaly, who has reportedly agreed to sign for the Citizens.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the key factor in the Senegal international accepting City's offer was the chance to learn from Guardiola.

The former Barcelona boss has helped develop some of the world's best centre-backs during his career, from Gerard Pique and Vincent Kompany to Jerome Boateng and Laporte.