Liverpool could be about to launch a raid on Napoli to land in-demand defender, Kalidou Koulibaly, according to a report from the Italian news outlet, Tutto Mercato.
The Reds are actively seeking improvements to the squad this summer despite wrapping up the Premier League title this week following Man City’s loss at Chelsea.
Despite missing out on Timo Werner to strengthen the attack, it would appear Jurgen Klopp’s focus has shifted to his defence. This, despite the Reds conceding a league-low 21 goals this term.
And Koulibaly, it seems, has been identified as the man for Klopp. The 29-year-old is widely tipped to leave Napoli this summer, with the report from Tutto claiming a bid is expected this week from Liverpool.
This fresh update comes off the back of a report from Corrie dello Sport just last week, who claimed the Reds had indeed already made their move.
It remains to be seen, then, whether Liverpool will indeed move for Koulibaly. The big defender was managed previously by Carlo Ancelotti, who at the time described the big Senegalese star as the ‘best defender in the world’.
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While there is no doubting Koulibaly as a talent, it’s hard to see Liverpool splashing this much cash on a 29-year-old they might not necessarily need.
They already have Joe Gomez. Furthermore, the likes of Matip and Lovren have done ok when needed, while little needs to be said of Virgil van Dijk. So, with reports of £58m being below what Napoli will accept, it seems a tough deal for Liverpool to complete.
The only thing that might push this over the line, coincidentally, would be for Klopp to prevent Pep Guardiola landing Kouliably ahead of him. Man City have been credited with agreeing to a £72m deal in recent days. (The Sun)
That, of course, would make for some interesting debate next season!