Liverpool face a race against time to avoid breaking their own strict contract rules. That’s with their latest reported transfer target.
Liverpool want Kalidou Koulibaly, it seems. That’s according to the Transfer Window Podcast.
Ian McGarry claims the Reds have actually made an opening bid to Napoli. They’re not wasting any time with this one, then.
And with good reason, too. Koulibaly is a player at an awkward age for Liverpool are they risk breaking their own strict contract rules.
The Mirror claims Liverpool have strict rules regarding contracts for players 30 and over. So strict, in fact, that they limited their offer to Gini Wijnaldum.
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That’s a huge part of why he’s likely leaving this summer – Liverpool just wouldn’t put up the cash for a player over 30. That’s certainly a strict way of doing things, given the quality of player.
Wijnaldum has helped deliver the biggest trophies, after all, and yet Liverpool would rather let him leave for nothing than pay what he wants.
Which brings us to Koulibaly.
The defender is currently 29 and turns 30 on June 20th. Liverpool would have to get everything sorted before then if they want to avoid breaking their own rules.
And that explains the early reported bid. It’s only March, after all, yet apparently, Liverpool are looking to get this one done.
That makes complete sense if they’re trying to avoid their own rules. It’s certainly how it appears to us.
Not that this is the only occasion where it’s a factor. As we’ve said before, Virgil van Dijk is approaching 30, too, and Liverpool will surely want to give him a new deal.
Do they break the rule for some and not for others? Perhaps so but with Koulibaly, they appear to want to avoid it entirely.