Liverpool reportedly want Kalidou Koulibaly.
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Report: Liverpool to include Divock Origi in huge Kalidou Koulibaly offer

Liverpool plan to offer Divock Origi in a deal for Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports. The Reds supposedly want to bring the defender’s price down.

This is all according to Napoli Magazine. They believe that Liverpool definitely want Koulibaly but can’t quite justify his asking price of £90m.

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So how do you bring a price down? By offering part-exchange, of course. The two most obvious would be Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip but this report claims that Napoli aren’t interested in either.

And so Liverpool hope to tempt Napoli with an offer of £53m and Origi. That would value Origi at £37m and it would apparently be an interesting one for the Neapolitans.

The outlet claims that Origi doesn’t want to be a reserve player anymore and that there will be further developments ‘in the coming days’.

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They’re not the first outlet to claim a part-exchange deal is in the works. Gazzetta Dello Sport said a month ago that the Reds wanted to include Lovren – a move we thought was clever.

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This one, though, isn’t quite as clever. For one, it leaves Liverpool with too many centre-backs and light on forwards. If they were signing Timo Werner, then perhaps it makes more sense to move Origi on but that’s a crazy thing to do without a replacement.

It also doesn’t make much sense that Liverpool would offer Matip. He’s played very well over the last two years and is clearly not the defender you move on.

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Making even less sense is that Napoli would say no to Matip. He seems like the perfect Koulibaly replacement.

So we have our doubts about this one, whether it’s true or not. As great a signing as Koulibaly would be, we just can’t see him arriving and if he did, we can’t imagine it would be for £53m and Origi.

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