Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli says he won’t drop the asking price for Kalidou Koulibaly in the transfer window. He has suggested a potential workaround for the reported Liverpool target, however.
Speaking to Sky Italia, Giuntoli says that the global health crisis and subsequent economic problems won’t drop prices for certain players. Koulibaly is one of those, he says, and thus his asking-price stays intact.
But Giuntoli says there are workarounds for such players, suggesting he’s still open to business.
The Napoli man says clauses like loans with obligations to buy can help maintain large fees. They allow for clubs to postpone guarantees, he says, releasing the stress on budgets.
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These comments will come as welcome news to anyone interested in Koulibaly, in particular, who reportedly has a large asking-price. Tutto Mercato Web said that before football’s pause, the defender commanded an £87m fee.
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That came in a report that suggested Liverpool want the player – and they’re not the only ones to say that. Gazzetta Dello Sport linked the two, along with a potential plan for the Reds to get around the price.
They say that Dejan Lovren could go the other way in the deal. That lowers the money upfront – something the Reds seem desperate to do across the board.
They reportedly cancelled a deal for Timo Werner because of finances, for instance. This Koulibaly deal, however, could be different.
Werner’s price was a contract clause, meaning a club must pay the money and that’s that. With Koulibaly, Napoli appear open to spreading payment out without an immediate cost for the transfer.
That gives Liverpool a potential way of signing the defender without splashing the cash right now. We’re not sure they’ll go for it, in all honesty, but it does seem that there’s not quite the same roadblock as with Werner.