Liverpool are being linked with a big-money move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly this summer. As reported by TuttoMercatoWeb, Liverpool are reportedly keen on the Napoli defender, with the Italians seemingly ready to cash in. A recent report from The Express, put his valuation in the £70 million region.
It would be a massive signing for Liverpool but plenty of other teams are also in the hunt for Koulibaly. With Virgil van Dijk established as their premier defender, the Senegalese star might be tempted to become the top dog elsewhere.
So Liverpool will want as many ace sleeves as possible in their pursuit of the 28-year-old. Sadio Mane could be one of them.
The pair are good friends, having represented Senegal together for many years and Mane once gave the thumbs down to a fan banner suggesting Koulibaly could join Liverpool’s arch-rivals Manchester United.
On top of that, the pair are actually former club-mates. Mane and Koulibaly were both at FC Metz in 2012, with the young defender even captaining the side as they suffered relegation to French football’s third-tier.
Now the pair are two of the world’s greatest players and great friends as well. Indeed, speaking to the media in March last year, as reported by IGFM, Koulibaly stated his belief that Mane was a worthy Ballon d’Or winner.
“It is a difficult trophy to win for a defender. I think the attackers are more likely to win it. For example Sadio Mané could win the Ballon d’Or. I hope he will have the opportunity to win it.”
Now Liverpool might be trying to get the two international stars back together at club level after the duo both left Metz that summer eight years ago.
It would undoubtedly make plenty of fans across Europe extremely envious of Liverpool’s two Senegalese stars.