Liverpool mean business if claims they’ve bid for Kalidou Koulibaly are true. The Reds are going all-out for their man.
Ian McGarry told the Transfer Window Podcast this week that Liverpool have bid for Kalidou Koulibaly. £34m, he says, as they look to wrap up a deal early.
But this is the first time we’ve heard of an actual bid. It’s not an extravagant bid, either – Napoli wanted £86m last summer.
It would be a notable transfer for a thousand reasons, of course. Primarily because Koulibaly is one of the most renowned centre-backs on the planet.
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Liverpool would partner him with Virgil van Dijk to create something formidible.
But it would also be notable because of Koulibaly’s age. He turns 30 in the summer and Liverpool rarely pay for players at that age. Unless they’re Thiago, of course.
There’s not too much long-term benefit in signing Koulibaly, really. And in a way, that shows Liverpool mean business next season.
They want to go for quality right now, surrendering growth and patient building. Koulibaly would be the ultimate way to bounce back, as we’ve said before.
But solving the problem early, too, shows Liverpool won’t mess around. They’re not shopping around, not waiting to see what pops up – they’re going for a discounted price on an elite player.
Wrap it up and build around the deal. No chances taken.
It’s a risky strategy, certainly. If Koulibaly didn’t work out, there’s no sell-on value. But he’d be insurance against Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip picking up injuries again.
Most of all, he’d be a sign to the Premier League that Liverpool aren’t taking chances this season. They mean business and they’re here to win.