Liverpool 'make contact' over Man Utd transfer target Koulibaly

Liverpool 'make contact' over Man Utd transfer target Koulibaly

Liverpool have made contact with Napoli over long-time Manchester United transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports from Italy.

Highly-rated defender Koulibaly has long been a target for United, who need to find a long-term partner for captain Harry Maguire.

But Jurgen Klopp's side are also in need of defensive reinforcements, and Liverpool fans will be licking at their lips at the prospect of the Senegal ace lining up alongside Virgil van Dijk.

And the Reds have approached Napoli over a deal for the Serie A club's star defender, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

The Italian outlet says Napoli may have to sell Koulibaly due to the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis, with the sixth-placed club unlikely to qualify for the lucrative Champions League next season.

The report also says a move for the defender could mean an exit from Anfield for Joel Matip, the current first-choice centre-half partner for Van Dijk.

A Liverpool move for Koulibaly would be bad news for United, with the runaway Premier League leaders able to offer the chance to play for the world and European club kings and - crucially perhaps - Champions League football next season.

United, on the other hand, still have work to do if they are to secure a place in Europe's top club competition if and when the current season resumes following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Signing Koulibaly would be a huge statement of intent from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side as the Norwegian attempts to return United to their familiar position at the top of English football.

But if their fierce rivals Liverpool were to land the 28-year-old, it would be a huge blow to United's ambitions, and would also make the Merseysiders' rearguard the envy of European football.

Koulibaly has been a crucial player at the Stadio San Paolo since joining in 2014, but has told club president Aurelio De Laurentiis he is prepared to leave if his valuation is met. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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