Man Utd transfer pressure could help Liverpool to secure £75m summer transfer
Paris Saint-Germain have abounded plans to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, French reports claim. Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool have been tipped to sign the Senegal international.
The Ligue 1 champions are looking to rejuvenate their defensive ranks and had been expected to challenge for Koulibaly’s signature in the upcoming transfer window.
The sought-after defender, who turns 29 on June 20, is widely expected to leave Napoli after six seasons with the Serie A outfit.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had previously valued Koulibaly at more than £100million but the financial impact of COVID-19 could see a bid in the region of £75million accepted.
But PSG will not be making an approach.
And that, according to French newspaper L’Equipe, is partly due to interest from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
“L’Équipe affirm that PSG have indeed abandoned the idea of signing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, notably owing to strong pressing from Manchester United,” GFFN tweeted on Monday.
PSG’s decision to withdraw their interest because of Manchester United pressure could benefit Liverpool.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is claimed to have personally phoned Koulibaly to convince him to join the European champions and less competition for his signature could swing the deal in Liverpool’s favour.
Meanwhile, ex-Italy defender Andrea Dossena thinks Koulibaly would be perfect for the Premier League and believes Napoli could be forced into selling their star man if they miss out on the Champions League.
L'Équipe affirm that PSG have indeed abandoned the idea of signing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, notably owing to strong pressing from Manchester United.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) June 1, 2020
“To get nine points back from Atalanta is a mammoth challenge so should Napoli not clinch a Champions League berth, they should sell some players,” he said.
“The two most valued are Fabian Ruiz and Koulibaly; the latter is the most likely to leave.
“Physical and speedy, he is one of the best central defenders in the world and can have his say in the Premier League, too.
“Klopp is missing just one piece to complete a stratospheric squad and the Koulibaly-Van Dijk pairing could become a big barrier.”