Liverpool make Kalidou Koulibaly transfer decision amid Dejan Lovren swap deal speculation

Liverpool make Kalidou Koulibaly transfer decision amid Dejan Lovren swap deal speculation 1
Koulibaly is one of the world’s best defenders (Picture: Getty Images)


Liverpool are uninterested in signing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly due to his £90 million price tag, according to reports.

The 29-year-old has established himself as one of Europe’s top centre-backs, attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis previously admitted that bids of less than £60 million for the Senegal international would be immediately dismissed.

And reports emerged earlier this week that the Reds were attempting to drive down the price by offering their fourth-choice centre-back Dejan Lovren as part of the deal.

However, Sky Sports claim that spending more than £60m on a player nearing the age of 30 is against the club’s transfer policy.

The Reds could still be willing to let Croatian defender Lovren leave this summer if they can find a suitable replacement.

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A replacement centre-back could be bought if Lovren leaves the club (Picture: Getty Images)


Liverpool legend John Barnes believes that while Koulibaly would be an excellent addition, his former side have no need to be splashing out on a marquee signing.

‘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,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets.

‘If they don’t get him, well they’re still 25 points better than any other team, so as long as they don’t lose players.

‘I don’t think there’s necessarily a reason to go out and make big-name signings.

Yes, they’ve signed [Takumi] Minamino and they may be able to sign some players that aren’t going to go straight into the first team, but I don’t think they necessarily need that.

‘Liverpool are always looking to improve on players and you’re always going to be linked with players if you’re a big club and it’s a good time to buy when you’re at the top.

‘I don’t think there’ll be many signings coming to Liverpool. If there’s a signing that they feel will improve them they’ll do that, but that’s no different to any other club.

‘Liverpool won’t break the bank to sign anybody, the type of player Liverpool want isn’t going to be a Neymar or [Lionel] Messi who you may have to break the bank for, so they will able to get the players they want but they won’t have to break the bank for them.’

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