Kalidou Koulibaly is reportedly set to join Manchester City in the upcoming transfer window, despite rumours suggesting that the centre back could join Liverpool, according to The Mirror.
Koulibaly is widely regarded as one of the top central defenders in the world, hence why he was nominated for the Ballon d’Or in 2019 and he is apparently highly sought after by many top clubs around Europe.
The 29-year-old has been valued at around £70 million by his current club Napoli, a fee which several clubs would be willing to pay for the Senegalese international.
Transfer expert Duncan Castles says there is a ‘strong chance’ of Koulibaly joining City and that Liverpool’s priority is to look for a left-footed centre back to compliment Andy Robertson on that side.
Talking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Castles said:
Napoli’s coach Gennaro Gattuso has been told Koulibaly will definitely be sold this summer and a replacement centre-back is coming in, Koulibaly himself is open to that, he’s ready for a change of environment and keen to move to the Premier League.
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There’s no question about Koulibaly’s ability and he would almost certainly be an asset to any side in the world.
Man City have struggled defensively this season, especially with Aymeric Laporte’s injuries and you can see why they would be pursuing a defender with Koulibaly’s ability.
Liverpool however, have the best defence in the Premier League this season and Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have formed quite a formidable partnership.
You can always improve a squad, but Koulibaly signing for a different team shouldn’t be too damaging to Liverpool, although they would likely prefer him to sign for a European side rather than City!