Liverpool given green light to sign 6 ft 1 in Serie A defensive rock

It’s incredibly likely that transfer fees will reduce over the next couple of years, so it could be tough to figure out what represents true value. It also means that some excellent footballers will be sold for considerably less than many would think they are worth, and Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly could be the ideal example.

The Merseyside giants’ long-lasting interest in him still stands, but Napoli’s firm stance of demanding €80m meant the agreement was never going to happen. Kalidou turns 30 in the summer so he probably has three or four fantastic years left in him, so the only way he would make sense as a signing would be if that asking price came down.

Interestingly it now sounds like Serie A giants are willing to let him go for a fee in the region of €45m, so suddenly that does look like a bargain if the Reds want to add another centre-back to the club.

Their horrible luck with injuries this campaign has shown that you can’t have enough strength in depth and some reinforcements will be needed if they want to win their title back, so signing Koulibaly would make a ton of sense.

Unfortunately, there is also interest from Bundesliga giants and they have even held negotiations so that could be more likely, but it suddenly looks like he would be in Liverpool’s price range in the summer for the first time.

The German manager added Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak to his squad in the winter window, but the Reds may feel they cannot turn down the opportunity to sign Senegal international.