Liverpool against paying more than £60m for powerful defender
Liverpool are uninterested in landing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly due to his £90m price tag, according to the latest reports.
The 29-year-old has established himself as one of the continent’s top centre-backs, attracting interest from the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis previously revealed that bids of less than £60 million for the Senegalese star would be immediately dismissed.
And reports appeared earlier this week that the Reds were trying to drive down the price by offering their fourth-choice centre-half Dejan Lovren as part of the deal.
However, Sky Sports state that spending more than £60 million on a player nearing the age of 30 is against the Reds’ transfer policy.
The Reds could still be prepared to let Croatian defender Lovren leave in the summer if they can find a suitable replacement. Liverpool icon John Barnes believes that while Koulibaly would be a great addition.
‘Koulibaly is a very good player and you’re looking at Joe Gomez coming through and he could help him, Koulibaly is already the finished article so if they get him that would be a good signing for them,’ John told BonusCodeBets.
In the meantime, Borussia Dortmund senior figure Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted that Jadon Sancho could be sold in the summer, but he does not expect any teams to match his asking price.
“If Jadon approaches us and says he wants to leave no matter what – which has not happened so far – and a club wants to spend what we are asking for, we will discuss it,” Watzke he is quoted as saying by The Mirror. “But I don’t think a club will pay the fee we want.”