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Report: Liverpool-linked star deemed ‘extraordinary’ by Pepe Reina now £15m cheaper

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Report: Liverpool-linked star deemed ‘extraordinary’ by Pepe Reina now £15m cheaper

A player linked with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool would now cost any suitors £15million less than previously quoted, according to The Mirror.

The outlet claims that Kalidou Koulibaly, who was originally said to be valued at £80million by Napoli, has seen his price tag reduced to £65million, with Manchester City said to be in the race.

Pep Guardiola’s side saw their two-year Champions League ban lifted earlier this week and The Mirror claims Koulibaly is now one of their three big-money targets this summer as they look to build a team that can overcome Liverpool.

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The 29-year-old is one of Europe’s most highly rated defenders and his future has been the subject of a lot of speculation since he won the Serie A Best Defender award last season.

To date, Koulibaly has made 240 appearances for Napoli since his 2014 move from Genk for a reported £6.5million (Goal.com), as well as 33 caps for Senegal, who he also captains.

Last month, Italian news outlet Tuttomercato claimed that Liverpool were set for a big-money move to bring the 6ft 1in centre-back to Anfield.

 

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Koulibaly is a tall, quick and strong centre-back of the highest order, boasting an array of skills including aerial prowess, tackling, reading of the game, and superb passing abilities.

He has won plenty of plaudits from fans, pundits and peers including Liverpool cult hero and former Napoli teammate Pepe Reina, who called him “extraordinary”.

According to a Sky Sports report from late June, Liverpool dropped their interest due to their “strict transfer policy” which “prohibits them spending more than £60million on a 29-year-old.”

However, with The Mirror claiming Napoli are willing to do business at £65million, could the Reds rethink their strategy and make an exception of £5million in this case?

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