Liverpool will make an approach for Kalidou Koulibaly in the next few days, according to reports. The defender won’t come cheap, however.
This comes from TuttoMercatoWeb, who believe the Reds are still very interested in Koulibaly. It does depend on a few developing situations, though.
For one, will Dejan Lovren leave? The outlet ponders the idea of the Croatian heading the other way in a deal, in fact. They say Joel Matip could even have a role change going forward.
Matip could become a ‘joker’, apparently, able to play in either defence or midfield. That change would, in theory, open up a space for another recognised senior defender.
The major stumbling block is clear – Napoli want £90m for a 29-year-old. Regardless, they say everyone expects Liverpool to make their move over the next few days.
What RTK has to say
We really don’t think there will be an approach for Koulibaly. Too many things just simply don’t add up. For one, how could Liverpool justify £90m – or a figure anywhere near that – for a 29-year-old?
They pulled out a deal for Timo Werner for around £50m on financial reasons. That alone suggests that any massive fees are too much in the current climate.
The reason for needing him doesn’t make too much sense, either. We can’t see why Liverpool would move Matip into midfield, for one. It’s a position filled to the brim at Liverpool and he’s never played their for the Reds. It would be a strange decision.
There’s also a conspicuously absent name in all this – Joe Gomez. He’s quickly developing into one of the best defenders around and he only turned 23 last month.
The idea of spending £90m to replace him is quite bizarre, then. There’s no doubt that Koulibaly would be an incredible signing but the need and cost don’t add up.
So all in all, we wouldn’t expect any approach for Koulibaly – in the next few days or otherwise.