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Report: Liverpool could land Koulibaly if other move goes through

We aren’t expecting fireworks at Anfield this summer. The Reds have just won the Premier League in record time, if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it. Despite Michael Edwards’ pragmatic track record there is still a constant stream of transfer rumours to pique the interest of Kopites. According to The Telegraph, Liverpool could land Kalidou Koulibaly if Napoli sign Victor Osimhen.

Liverpool could have the chance to sign Kalidou Koulibaly this summer according to a report. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

The report in The Telegraph has claimed that Napoli are in hot pursuit of LOSC striker Victor Osimhen, previously linked with Liverpool and every other side in Europe with a few quid in their pocket.

According to Mike McGrath Napoli are willing to let their talismanic centre back go for around the same price they pay for Osimhen, currently rumoured to be around £70m.

McGrath goes on to say that Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp are in the market for a centre back, suggesting that Liverpool could move for Koulibaly should he become available.

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There are some obvious issues with this rumour. Firstly, it would make little sense for Liverpool to spend £70m on Kalidou Koulibaly when they have Joe Gomez currently partnering Virgil van Dijk, with Joel Matip in reserve.

Sure, Klopp could do with another centre half but he is much more likely to turn to the comparatively inexpensive youth of Ben White than the costly experience of Kalidou Koulibaly.

 

This raises another major issue: age. FSG have been incredibly strict with their purchases since taking over Liverpool. The owners are happy to sanction transfers should the player’s value be likely to increase in future. If Liverpool spent £70m on Kalidou Koulibaly they are unlikely to make much of that back, Anfield would most probably be his final major club given that he is 29-years-old.

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