Liverpool football club has reportedly offered to pay Napoli £54 million to get the service of their defender Kalidou Koulibaly who has been the most sought after defender in the transfer market this summer.
Majorly, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have been competing for the signature of the 29-year-old Senegalese fearless defender but Liverpool is reportedly the first club to have made an official bid for the defender.
Koulibaly is expected to join the club that is already at the verge of winning the Premier League for the first time in 30 years, next season. If the deal scale through, he would pair with Virgil van Dijk to give Liverpool‘s defence an almost impenetrable pairing in world football.
But there is a huge obstacle to the realisation of such a dream as an Italian online platform, Tutto Mercato, published that Napoli who just won the Coppa Italia has placed a £90 million price tag on the Senegalese. The price tag is believed to be almost unplayable at this time because the coronavirus pandemic has greatly affected the revenue of clubs. So, clubs will find it difficult to spend so much on a single player.
Still, Napoli board of directors seem not to be reasoning towards that direction as they have often insisted that the coronavirus pandemic would not force them to lower the price tag on Kalidou Koulibaly.
What would have pushed the Italian Serie A side to lower their asking price would have been their inability to secure a UEFA Champions League spot. But the club which is currently placed 6th on the Italian Serie A table has already achieved that by winning the Coppa Italia. So, they have the bragging rights of being a Champions League playing club.
If Liverpool should be tempted to pay the asking price of £90 million on a player Napoli bought from Genk for just £6.5m in 2014, Kalidou Koulibaly will become the most expensive defender in the history of football; a record that Manchester United’s Harry Maguire has been holding since 2019.
However, all indications show that Liverpool might not be that desperate to spend so much money on a 29-year-old defender when their current backline is not doing so badly. So far, the backline has only conceded 21 goals in 30 matches in the Premier League.