Kalidou Koulibaly has had a price drop, according to reports. Now Bayern Munich worry about Liverpool.
This comes from Il Mattino. They claim that Napoli dropped their price for Kalidou Koulibaly.
They’ve dropped it significantly, too. After previously wanting €100m (around £86m), the price is now €45m (around £38m).
Overall, it’s a price drop of around £47m. That’s huge.
Bayern Munich want the player, according to the report. But they’re worried that Liverpool and Manchester United will follow suit.
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So why are Napoli selling? Apparently, they need to cut their wage bill. Koulibaly is on £6m per year, putting him near the top of the list.
This move isn’t about making money, then, but about saving it. But selling Koulibaly would achieve both.
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That’s a huge drop and a very tempting one. It’s going to interest every top club in Europe to some degree.
Bayern could end up with Dayot Upamecano and Koulibaly here, for instance. Real Madrid could have their Sergio Ramos replacement, if they got involved.
Barcelona might fancy a senior, elite centre-back, too?
United wouldn’t be a surprise, either. After all, Koulibaly is a footballer people have heard of – that is usually enough for them.
As for Liverpool, that’s a fantastic price for a top defender. It all depends on their priorities.
Do they trust Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to return at their previous levels? Do they expect them to just carry on as normal straight away?
If the answers are both ‘yes’ then that says a lot. It says they probably won’t splash cash on an experienced defender – Gomez and Van Dijk will still have the starting berths.
But if the answer is ‘no’ then they’ll surely be in the mix for Koulibaly.