Liverpool are considering making a move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, and have already made contact with the player’s agent, Fali Ramadani over a potential transfer, according to a report from Italian publication Il Matino via The Daily Express this morning.
Jurgen Klopp is thought to be a long-term admirer of the Senegal international, although faces stiff competition from Manchester United, Juventus and PSG if he wishes to bring Koulibaly to Merseyside. Napoli have put a £107m price tag on Koulibaly’s head, which would smash the record transfer for a defender should a move come to fruition.
The Azzurri want to conclude any possible deal for Koulibaly in the early stages of the transfer window in order to free up funds for any purchases they wish to make before the season begins.
Previously described as “unapproachable” by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, Koulibaly is the ideal modern-day centre-back: strong, an intelligent reader of the game and deceptively quick for a man of his size. A partnership alongside Virgil Van Dijk would undoubtedly be the strongest defensive partnership in Europe and I’m sure almost every Liverpool supporter would salivate at the prospect.
However, with Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren all still options at Klopp’s disposal, it seems highly unlikely that he’ll spend over £100m on a central defender this summer, so there seems little chance that Koulibaly will be lining up at Anfield anytime in the near future.