Liverpool have opened discussions with Napoli over Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports. The Reds want to partner him with Virgil van Dijk.
Tutto Mercato Web makes the claim. They say that discussions have begun between the two clubs and that Napoli are open to the idea.
That’s because both Kostas Manolas and Nikola Maksimovic look like fine replacements, should Koulibaly leave for a large fee. And it certainly would be a large fee.
Before everything shut down, Napoli wanted at least £87m for the Senegalese defender. That price is now ‘obviously lower’, according to the report and you’d imagine that’s the most difficult hurdle for both teams.
What RTK has to say
It’s very difficult to place a value on any player right now, really, as we don’t even know when football will return. That has a huge effect on financials but also what you’re investing in. Will any signing even play until 2021?
But the appeal to Liverpool may trump that when it comes to Koulibaly. As TMW say, there’s a potential partnership with Virgil van Dijk here – one that would almost certainly be the world’s best.
And so it’s very much in Liverpool’s interest to test the waters and see if they can secure that partnership for a significantly lower price than before.
You do have to take all transfer reports with a pinch of salt now, of course. Even if clubs are discussing things, it’s difficult to believe that they’ll finalise anything with so much up in the air.
Still, Koulibaly does make sense for Liverpool. He’s a world-class defender and one who would make the Reds’ defence something to truly behold.