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Transfer Rumour Mongering: Lovren Out, Koulibaly In?

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It would take a hefty sum to compete with Manchester City.

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Could Sadio Mané soon be welcoming his Senegal captain to Anfield next season? Rumours out of Italy say that Kalidou Koulibaly plans to leave Napoli and head to England and the Premier League.

The 29-year-old center-back is most heavily linked to Manchester City, who need a leader in their back line since former captain Vincent Kompany returned to Anderlecht. They also have a willingness to spend the big money it will cost to get Koulibaly in. It’s said that the Serie A side have put a £68m price tag on their superstar.

But Liverpool could be planning to sweep in and ruin Pep Guardiola’s plans, particularly if Dejan Lovren leaves. Should Lovren go in this transfer window, the Reds will need more defensive coverage. Aside from Virgil van Dijk, the other two senior options at Klopp’s disposal would be Joel Matip and Joe Gomez. Both are gifted players whose talent on the pitch is sadly matched by their time spent off of it on the treatment table.

It seems unlikely that the club would be willing to splash that kind of cash for a 29-year-old though. The only way they’d do that is if they valued having a very experienced player in that position. However, they don’t need a veteran who can marshal the back line, that’s what van Dijk is for.

This one doesn’t seem likely, but if Liverpool want to throw a wrench in the works for Manchester City anyway, I wouldn’t be against it.