Let’s be realistic for a bit: if Liverpool are reluctant to pay £50m for Timo Werner, will they spend more than that on Kalidou Koulibaly?

Certain members of the French media think so, as Le10 Sport in France claim Jürgen Klopp has taken the first steps to try and convince the Napoli star to move to Anfield.

The website have an article on Thursday reporting the German manager got in touch with Koulibaly via phone call in order to speak to him.

The aim of the chat was to give him details of what his plans were going forward, wanting to partner the centre-back with Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defence.

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It’s explained Koulibaly as a ‘clear preference’ for a move to England, and the ‘idea of playing the Champions League seduces him a lot’.

While the defender is said to have received a €12m/year contract offer from Newcastle, his desire is to play in Europe’s elite competition, which the Magpies will not be playing in next season.

For Napoli, they know they won’t get €100m, and there’s hope a deal could be struck around the €70-75m mark.

Not exactly affordable, but also not an impossible figure to match if the desire is there.

Either way, Klopp like Koulibaly, and he’s apparently let him know…