The Merseyside giants are reportedly using Sadio Mane in a last-ditch move to sign Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, despite the centre-back already agreeing on terms with Man City.
The Reds manager attempted to lower supporters’ expectations at the start of the summer transfer window, amid the financial uncertainty caused by the covid pandemic, but Liverpool have gone on to secure deals for Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Konstantinos Tsimikas for a combined fee of nearly £80m.
Liverpool have also been keen to bolster at centre-back and Jurgen Klopp spoke at length with Senegal international on the phone back in May in a bid to convince the Napoli defender to consider a move to Liverpool.
But PSG and Man City have been favourites to wrap up a deal for the 29-year-old centre-back leading up to next month’s transfer deadline and the latter have even agreed on contractual terms with the defender.
However, the report claims Reds are yet to give up hope in their pursuit of Kalidou and are looking to ‘convince the defender via his friend and compatriot Mane to win the raffle’ for his signature. At the start of the summer, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed it would take a bid of at least £81m to land the African defender.
Mane and Kalidou, the Reds winger’s captain at international level with Senegal, have maintained a close relationship while establishing themselves as two of the finest footballers in European football in recent years.
Napoli have ruled out a temporary move for the Senegalese centre-back, though, meaning Reds may have to spend in excess of £81m for the ex-Genk man.