Liverpool have an interest in Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports. The Reds could capitalise on a club wanting to sell.
Bild journalist Christian Falk claims Liverpool do have an interest in Kalidou Koulibaly. This partly corroborates a recent report.
Il Mattino recently said that Bayern Munich wanted the player but the Bavarians expected Liverpool to get involved. Well, Falk thinks that’s a little backwards.
Bayern, he says, don’t want Koulibaly. Liverpool, though, are involved and do want the player.
Il Mattino’s report gives us an idea of what a deal would take. Napoli currently value Koulibal at around £38m after dropping his price considerably.
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They want his £6m-a-year wages off the books. Dropping their €100m demands are the only way that happens, though.
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If that price is accurate, this becomes one of the more interesting transfer opportunities. Koulibaly, after all, is a very good defender.
He has the natural ability to slot right into any side, while his experience makes him a valuable player for anyone. We can only imagine how good he’d be next to Virgil van Dijk.
But then comes the catch – he turns 30 this summer. This isn’t a long-term investment whatsoever and £38m actually seems high for that age.
Would Liverpool really part with that much money for a couple of years? It’s not entirely out of the question.
They bought 29-year-old Thiago, after all. It all depends on how highly they value Koulibaly’s skills, how much they trust their centre-backs to recover from their injuries, and what they want to invest their time into.
Do Liverpool believe there’s another title in this squad? If so, buying a 30-year-old to help that happen makes sense.
But if they don’t, they’ll surely invest in younger talent and kickstart their next generation.