Date: 4th May 2020 at 1:30pm
Written by: Jimmy Light

According to a piece of news from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Liverpool have been dealt a potential blow in the race to sign highly-rated Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly as a potential Dejan Lovren replacement, with Serie A club chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis refusing to budge on his €100 million asking price. 

Indeed, as per this report, Liverpool are amongst the likes of Man United, Arsenal and Real Madrid who are keen admirers of the defender – but it looks like De Laurentiis will not negotiate his lofty asking price despite the fact Koulibaly is currently 28-years-old.

Apparently, it would take the €100 million (£87.9 million) offer or nothing to persuade the Napoli chairman to let go of the Senegalese stalwart – with this news from La Gazzetta claiming that the player will not easily be ‘sold off’.

Should Liverpool sign Koulibaly for £87.9 million?

Get it done now

Get it done now

Far too expensive

Far too expensive

The centre-back is arguably one of the most highly-rated defensive stars in Europe, with a past piece from the BBC revealing that Carlo Ancelotti once likened the player to legendary AC Milan duo Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta.

According to WhoScored, Koulibaly has averaged more tackles in the league than any other Reds player this season, as well as making more clearances in the Champions League than Virgil van Dijk.

The Senegal international has also managed a superior amount of blocked attempts in Serie A, making 0.8 per game – eclipsing Reds centre-back duo van Dijk and Joel Matip.

Whether or not this should be enough to convince Michael Edwards to slap a £87.9 million offer on the table is up for debate, with the defender’s lofty price tag potentially becoming a huge obstacle in the race for his signature.