Manchester City would spend big to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, according to a recent claim. The defender is allegedly a Liverpool target, too.
It’s a claim from The Transfer Window podcast, with Ian McGarry and Duncan Castles. There, the two discuss how City see Koulibaly as the answer to their long-held prayers.
“It’s our information that City have launched a note of interest with the president of Napoli,” said McGarry. “It’s also our understanding that while not willing to pay the player’s get-out clause in the current and reduced financial climate, City are willing to pay a pretty penny for the player.”
The two then go on to discuss how Koulibaly would fit in at City. ‘Well’ is the conclusion but there is an acknowledgement that this transfer wouldn’t be the sure-fire win that it could have seemed a year ago.
This interest could alert Liverpool, who supposedly want the player. That’s the thinking in Italy, anyway, with Gazzetta Dello Sport, among others, linking the Reds and Koulibaly.
The same outlet recently claimed that the defender’s price could drop as low as £62m – a long way from the original £87m.
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But at a time when Liverpool reportedly can’t justify £50m for Timo Werner, £62m for Koulibaly just doesn’t make sense.
This should still alert the club, though. City signing Koulibaly would give them a very, very strong partnership along with Aymeric Laporte. Given that they’re Liverpool’s biggest challengers, the signing would be a real threat for next season.