Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has contacted Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly in a bid to convince the centre-back to move to Anfield.
The German has paired Joe Gomez with Virgil van Dijk this term but the Reds are just one goal shy of conceding the 22 that they conceded throughout the entire 18/19 campaign with nine matches remaining.
Though the Reds are clearly going to be crowned champions, Klopp believes an experienced centre-back next to Van Dijk is an area in which his side could progress next season and Koulibaly is a long-term target.
The Senegal defender has made no secret of his desire to move to the Premier League and has long been linked with Manchester United.
However, United opted for Harry Maguire in an £80m deal last summer, leaving Liverpool a relatively free run at Koulibaly.
With club finances in dire shape due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is set to be a buyers’ market this summer and Liverpool are one of the few clubs that could be relatively shielded from the financial pain due to their success in recent years.
According to Le10 Sport, that’s led to Klopp calling Koulibaly to discuss a move to Anfield and the German laid out his plans to the defender in a bid to convince him to join the club.
It’s claimed Klopp spoke to the defender about his plans of pairing him with Van Dijk and what his plans are for the rest of the Liverpool side in the next 12 to 18 months.
Despite a big money offer from Newcastle, Koulibaly is desperate to play Champions League football and his ‘clear preference’ for England could make Liverpool favourites for his signature.
Koulibaly is said to have been flattered by Klopp’s decision to call him and is open to a move to Anfield.
The Reds barely spent a penny last summer and signed Japan international Takumi Minamino for just £7.5million in January.
Klopp believes he needs to add to his squad to freshen things up and their lean approach in the last two windows will afford them the ability to do so more than most Premier League clubs.
Napoli had been seeking around £90m for Koulibably but will accept a figure of closer to £65m in the current climate.
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