Liverpool Football Club have had an initial £36.7m bid rejected for colossal Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
With the dust having firmly settled around the Virgil Van Dijk saga, it seems Liverpool are moving forward with their plans to find an alternative.
However, it’s going to require the Reds to pay a lot more money if they are to secure their current target, Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli.
According to online publication The Sport Review, the Reds have made an initial offer for the Senegalese centre-half of £36.7m but it was rejected by his current employers.
The report claims that Klopp is keen on securing the services of the 25-year old and will look to offer him a five-year deal worth £54,000 a week.
If Klopp’s team are to convince the Italian club to sell, however, it’s going to take a fairly sizeable sum of money with Italian publication Tutto Mercato last week reporting that Chelsea had made an enquiry and offered £53m only to see Napoli’s owners turn their nose up.
It’s reported that Koulibaly last month revealed: “It would make me happy to come and play in the Premier League, but now I have to go to Napoli. In the future you never know but now I concentrate on my club and we will see next season what I have to do. I think I will stay in Napoli but you never know.”
Klopp and the rest of his backroom staff will likely be hoping that they can put an emphasis on the “you never know,” part of Koulibaly’s quotes.
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