Liverpool take the lead on Koulibaly
The 29-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium all summer and looked likely to move to the Reds’ Premier League rivals before they signed Ruben Dias from Benfica for a club-record £65m.
Koulibaly’s future has looked uncertain at the Serie A club for some time, which was compounded by his exclusion from a first-team friendly during pre-season and their club president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming that he was on his way out (per Canale 21, via FootballItalia).
This is a player who is adored by football legend Diego Maradona, who applauded the Senegal international following a victory over Juventus. During his time at Napoli, he has scored 10 times and provided five assists in 249 appearances for the club (TransferMarkt), and has been described as one of the best defenders in the world by his former boss Carlo Ancelotti.
AreaNapoli quoted him saying that Liverpool are now the favourites to secure his services. “I have sensational news about Kalidou Koulibaly. Manchester City and United are [in for] the Senegalese defender as well as PSG. The club that is more serious for the Senegalese [defender] is Liverpool. The Reds [will] offer to Napoli a figure between €70 and €75 million, the sum that De Laurentiis asks [for].”
Another Michael Edwards masterstroke
This summer, Liverpool made £38m from player sales, which is typically how they have secured the funds to make big-money signings of thier own.
If the Reds can afford it, they could well make a move for the 33-cap international, which should delight the Kop faithful.
Thiago Alcantara’s arrival on Merseyside excited supporters and just like the Spaniard’s arrival, the signing of Koulibaly would send a huge message to the rest of the league that The Reds are not going to give up their title without a fight.
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