Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli remains calm and appears to be happy in Italy despite the strong interest from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool
Napoli’s star defender, Kalidou Koulibaly, was one of the most talked-about defenders during the summer transfer market of the 2020/21 season. The Senegal international was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City and Liverpool. However, the Sky Blues at the end seemed like the only serious suitor as the Reds could not meet the demands set by the Italian side.
Pep Guardiola failed to sign his wanted defender as the negotiations were extremely complicated given the poor relationship that Napoli and Manchester City share following the sale of Jorginho to Chelsea. Nonetheless, the African defender has once again reappeared in the transfer market as Liverpool are desperately looking for a centre-back after losing out Virgil van Dijk to an ACL injury.
Jurgen Klopp believes that Kalidou Koulibaly would fit like a glove in his squad and could possibly be the perfect replacement for the Dutch defender. The 29-year-old could possibly replace Van Dijk for the time being and also go on to form a strong partnership as well.
Koulibaly shares quite a few similar traits as the former Southampton man. The Senegal international is a natural beast physically that would certainly be an advantage in the physically demanding Premier League. Apart from his brutal raw strength and vigour, the 29-year-old is calm and composed on the ball and can help in building the play from the backline.
However, despite the interest from Liverpool. Reports state that Kaldiou Koulibaly has not paid much heed to the rumours as he prefers to remain calm as of now. The 29-year-old is happy at Napoli and plans to finish off the season with the Naples based club rather than leaving in the winter. If Koulibaly is out of the picture, the next best alternative for the Reds would be Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig who has grown to become a top priority signing at the Old Trafford as well.
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