Napoli have reportedly turned down a £58million bid from Liverpool for star defender Kalidou Koulibaly, reports in England say
Koulibaly has long been a subject of interest from several Europe’s powerhouses, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Liverpool.
Although Manchester United and PSG long seemed to be the leading candidates to land the 29-year-old centre-back, Liverpool have taken a matter into their own hands recently.
Indeed, as reported by the Daily Star, runaway Premier League leaders have submitted a £58m bid for the Senegal international only to see their offer turned down by the Serie A outfit.
Napoli remain willing to cash in on their prized asset. But, the Partenopei hold out on their staggering £90m valuation of Koulibaly, which would make him the most expensive defender in the history of football.
Man Utd transfer blow as Liverpool ‘make £54m bid for Kalidou Koulibaly’ and Chelsea join race for Napoli defender https://t.co/pi9acrDuBz— The Sun – Chelsea (@SunChelsea) June 22, 2020
Koulibaly, who arrived at the Stadio San Paolo from Genk in 2014, has become a cornerstone of Napoli’s defense, establishing himself as one of the most highly-rated centre-backs in Europe’s top-five leagues.
But, after a recent bust-up between the Senegalese star and the club president Aurelio De Laurentiis, the latter has decided to put his most reliable defender up for sale.
Jurgen Klopp is keen to strengthen his backline and find a top-class partner for Virgil Van Dijk after Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren failed to live up to expectations.
However, even though Liverpool stepped up their interest in Koulibaly, they will likely need to dig dipper into their pockets to get the deal over the line.