French outlet Le10Sport have claimed that Liverpool and Manchester United have now tabled offers to sign Napoli giant Kalidou Koulibaly after initial interest from both Premier League clubs – and a cut-price move could be agreed.
Koulibaly, 28, has been in stunning form for Napoli this season once again – continuing to establish himself as one of the best central defenders in European football. But he is expected to leave the Italian side this summer, and Napoli will cash in.
TuttoMercatoWeb have claimed that although Aurelio De Laurentiis – the club’s President – originally wanted as much as £90million, he may reduce that asking price to a much smaller £53million in order to push through a sale.
The latest report states that Liverpool and Manchester United have made offers for the former Genk defender – but are not alone in their pursuit of the colossus, with PSG looking for a long-term replacement for Thiago Silva.
TBR’s view – Which club needs Koulibaly more?
Liverpool certainly have the better options at centre-back, with Virgil van Dijk one of the best players in the world – while Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are certainly among the best in the Premier League.
Manchester United boast the impressive Harry Maguire, while Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones are somewhat indifferent. Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling are expected to leave the club this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer certainly needs Koulibaly more, but surely the African star would prefer a move to Anfield given they are likely to finish the season as champions – and have a much stronger chance of a top-four finish.