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.
EPL: Liverpool to storm Arsenal for promising youngster
One of the battles North London outfit Arsenal face is keeping one of the biggest prospects, Folarin Balogun at the club for more seasons and that has been difficult.
Folarin Balogun has already told the Gunners that he would not be signing a new deal and that makes him a subject of transfer this summer window so as not to lose him for free.
The 19-year-old striker, who scored 10 goals in 15 Premier League 2 appearances this season is keen on first-team football and not convinced he can get that any time soon under manager Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium, the reason why he wants to leave the club.
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A number of clubs in England and abroad have been monitoring the situation with Folarin Balogun and are ready to move in, having watched him severally with his youth side.
However, current English Premier League champions, Liverpool is one of the clubs that have not hidden their interest in Folarin Balogun and are willing to pay for his service, according to Sky Sports.
Arsenal want a minimum of £8 million for Folarin Balogun which the Reds team are willing to pay this summer window.
A decision is yet to be reached by the Gunners and the player as they will both want to consider all the options available to take the right step.
EPL: Liverpool, United learn the price for star target
Two English Premier League clubs, Liverpool and Man United are reported to be in the race for Italian Serie A outfit, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of the summer transfer window.
This is not the first time the defender will be linked with a move to the Red Devils as well as the Reds team and it has continued with more speculations this term.
Man United and Liverpool are keen on reinforcement for new defenders. The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team hopes to challenge for titles in the coming season while the Jurgen Klopp team seeks to continue their dominance in the coming season.
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However, the price for Kalidou Koulibaly has been named to both teams for negotiation to begin after Napoli president Aurelio Di Laurentiis stated that £81 million must be on the table for the defender to move.
While speaking to Sky Italia, he stated that Kalidou Koulibaly is a great person and player, stressing that it would be sad to lose him when it is time for him to say goodbye.
The Napoli president, therefore, added that no bid has been received for the player, naming the £81 million that must be on the table for any announcement to be made.
EPL: Man United in biggest transfer disappointment
Man United might be facing the biggest transfer disappointment in the club history if reports from German outlets are to be true.
A German publication, KICKER claims England international winger, Jadon Sancho, Man United’s major summer transfer target will prefer a move to the English Premier League champions Liverpool than to the Red Devils.
According to the report, the decision and wish of the German Bundesliga outfit, Borussia Dortmund winger is chances the Reds have to challenge and win titles than the Red devils.
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However, the Red Devils are reported told given two weeks by Borussia Dortmund to pay the £100 million for Jadon Sancho or forget a deal.
The club are not in any way moved by the expected departure of Jadon Sancho having lost big players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele in the past.
This development will definitely leave manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Red Devils team in a shock as speculations have been consistent on his reported move with claims that he is the number one target,.
Meanwhile, Man United and Borussia Dortmund are still on the negotiation table as the English Premier League club will not pay the £100 million as long as they wish to execute other deals this summer window.
Man United, Liverpool target waiting for offers
English Premier League duo, Man United and Liverpool are reported to have made Italian Serie A outfit Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly a major transfer target ahead of the summer transfer window.
Both teams seek to reinforce their defence and have identified Kalidou Koulibaly as the best fit for the challenge in the English Premier League.
However, both teams are yet to submit offers for the defender, according to Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli despite the increasing speculations.
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Cristiano Giuntoli made this known when he spoke to DaZN and asked if offers have already on the table for the defender.
According to him, Kalidou Koulibaly had important and concrete offers in the past and they were all rejected, but at the moment, no club have submitted any for this summer transfer window.
He stressed that they are not in a haste to make any decision concerning the future of the defender but will wait for the right moment and right situation.
Meanwhile, Kalidou Koulibaly has been cited to have claimed he is not interested in a move away from the Serie A outfit, adding that he still has his heart with Napoli and will prefer to remain in Naples.
Liverpool, Man United and Man City are all speculated to be interested in Kalidou Koulibaly.
Transfer: Arsenal get words from Barcelona
If the latest report is anything to go by, then Arsenal now stands the chance of having Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho at the Emirates Stadium in the coming season.
The Gunners had indicated an interest in the former Liverpool man and were ready to land him by involving out-of-favour player Matteo Guendouzi in the deal.
It is now claimed that the Spanish giants are also interested in Matteo Guendouzi and will seek to have him as part of the deal but the Gunners will have to include a fee of £45.5 million.
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Barcelona invested a whopping £142 million to secure the service of the former Liverpool player and are hoping to cash in a little from his exit as Matteo Guendouzi is yet to match Philippe Coutinho’s quality.
However, this development places the North London outfit in a difficult position because they will not be able to raise such an amount for the deal.
It is reported by ESPN that the North London club are only making £30 million available to manager Mikel Arteta for all his transfer deals this summer window.
Philippe Coutinho has spent the season away from Barcelona with German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich but they are not willing to keep him permanently.
Is Salah planning to leave like Coutinho?
Liverpool may be set to experience another reoccurrence with the loss of their star player following claims made by Egyptian international Mohamed Salah that he is unsure of his future at the club.
It would be recalled that the Reds lost their star player, Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona at the time he was at his peak at Anfield. It is feared that the same could happen with Mohamed Salah.
The Liverpool player made it clear that no one knows what will happen in the future, stressing that he only wants to enjoy today and the moment.
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Although, he claims to be happy being with Liverpool after winning the Champions League and now the Premier League.
Mohamed Salah joined Liverpool in 2017 and has helped the team with a Premier League and a Champions League win. He has been consistent, winning the Golden Boot in both 2018 and 2019.
The wish of manager Jurgen Klopp is to keep all his star players at the club ahead of the coming season because of the lack of assurance of new recruits this summer window.
There is no doubt that Liverpool fans will be more pained and hurt should Mohamed Salah dump the club for a move elsewhere.
Edu opens Arsenal door to Brazilian international
North London outfit, Arsenal’s technical director Edu has spoken in favour of the club’s speculated move for Brazilian international and Barcelona flop, Coutinho ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Gunners have been linked with the Brazilian with claims that they could be returning him to the English Premier League as his future with the Catalans is very unlikely.
Coutinho is now reported to have tabled a transfer request to his Barcelona as he was sent out on loan to German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich and from indications; his stay with the club is over.
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Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) reports that the former Liverpool playmaker is very interested in returning to the English Premier League with Arsenal and the club are of the same desire.
However, Coutinho was earlier tipped to return to his former owners, Liverpool but manager Jurgen Klopp seems not to be interned in that idea and has snubbed the speculations.
Recall that Coutinho parted ways with the Reds team in 2018 to join Barcelona in a big-money move but has not been the same player since he left and that has prompted the Catalans to send him out on a loan deal to Bayern Munich.
Liverpool now have a new player, bid accepted
Going by media reports, English Premier League champions Liverpool have added to their ranks as they will be welcoming a new player to the team ahead of the coming season.
It is reported by Football insider that the Reds’ bid for young winger Mateusz Musialowski has been agreed and an announcement is imminent.
Football Insider also claims that the Reds have agreed on a scholarship deal for the Polish attacker, expecting him to sign a professional deal when he turns 17 later this year in October.
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Mateusz Musialowski remains a new name in the football community but having watched him play when he visited Anfield last year, the Reds team are convinced of his quality and the future he has with the club
It is reported that he has already completed his medical with the Reds team and an announcement would be made any moment from now.
Mateusz Musialowski will go into the Academy team to continue his progress with the club. He is known to have big qualities and can play any role in the attacking third which makes it a good business for the club.
However, the Reds senior team is expected to have some additions as manager Jurgen Klopp is making efforts to convince the club’s hierarchy on the need to strengthen the team for next season’s challenge.