Premier League leaders Liverpool could spend some big money to boost their central defence ahead of next season. The club has been linked with a summer swoop for highly rated Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and he could form a potent centre back partnership with Virgil Van Dijk if the Reds are successful with his transfer from Italy.
Napoli have retained the services of the Senegalese international amidst the serious interest of bigger European clubs in the past and this summer could be the right time to let the player go. Manchester United, Barcelona, Liverpool and several other big European clubs are keen on the defender.
Liverpool are not new to spending big on a central defender after the signing of the aforementioned Van Dijk two years ago. The Dutchman made the move from Southampton to Liverpool for a then world-record fee for a defender.
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The Reds paid £75m for the player but that record has been eclipsed by Harry Maguire, an £80m transfer from Leicester City to Manchester United last summer. The signing of Van Dijk has elevated the status of Liverpool to a trophy-winning club once again.
The signings of both Van Dijk and Brazilian shot stopper Alisson Becker has helped to elevate Liverpool to the best team in Europe following their Champions League win last season. The club is also on the verge of winning the Premier League though the party has been put on hold due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation in the world.
Liverpool need just two wins to confirm their first Premier League title and a first league title in three decades but that has not stopped manager Jurgen Klopp and the team from improving the team as highlighted by the interest in Kalidou Koulibaly. Other Liverpool targets include Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner and many more.
The battle to sign Koulibaly from Napoli is far from being a straightforward one with the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Juventus and Barcelona also interested.
Transfer Ratings for Kalidou Koulibaly to Liverpool: 4/10.