Liverpool will be in the market this summer in order to strengthen a number of areas, including the ever concerning centre-back position. Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk is being touted as Jurgen Klopp’s number one target to solve the Reds’ defensive woes and it is believed that the Reds are ready to spend Southampton’s rumoured £50m asking price on their prized defender.
Despite Liverpool’s ambitious plans for the summer, there are other suitors as well for the Dutchman’s services, including Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City.
Liverpool are apparently being realistic in their chase for the Netherlands international and the Reds are rumoured to have lined up Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly as a possible alternative, in case we miss out on our prime target, according to Goal.com’s Melissa Reddy.
The 25-year-old, who has been with the Italians since 2014, is one of the key members of the Serie A club and will cost around £40m to his suitors. Koulibaly, who is said to be highly admired by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, is a target for a number of Champions League clubs, including Manchester City and AC Milan.
Liverpool’s current centre-backs Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren have been solid at the back when played together, but there is not enough cover available in case of any injuries.
The Reds have also been linked with Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah and Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez recently.
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