Liverpool have been handed a transfer boost as reports from Italy claim Napoli have now slashed the asking price of star defender, Kalidou Koulibaly.
Italian outlet Il Mattino claim that the Naples club will now accept around 45m Euros for their man, which equates to around the £39m mark at the moment.
Liverpool were interested in Koulibaly for much of the summer. Napoli’s ownership had previously been demanding north of £80m for the big defender. But that price seems to have dipped considerably.
Bayern Munich are also said to be in the running for Koulibaly, who has once again been a regular in Serie A this season.
The big sticking point despite the drop in fee is Koulibaly’s age. He is 29 already, meaning he is likely only going to be able to offer his best over a three or four year period. Whether that is something that will put Liverpool off, remains to be seen.
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The Reds do need someone who can come in and immediately impose themselves on the first-team. In that respect, Koulibaly is idea.
But in terms of future potential or looking at even selling him, it’s a bit of a non-starter. However, £40m for a world-class defender in 2021 is not a huge sum either, so it’s definitely one to mull over.
It’s a big summer for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp. They must get it right in terms of recruitment, meaning all avenues, including rekindling interest in Koulibaly, are likely to be considered.