Liverpool are ‘above all’ in the race for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, but Aurelio de Laurentiis’ asking price remains an issue, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

Koulibaly is widely expected to leave Napoli this summer, with both him and the club having accepted it is time to move on.

Selling him will become more of a pressing issue should Napoli fail to qualify for the Champions League as his high wages would be a financial issue for the club in such an eventuality.

Naturally, all of Europe’s top clubs have been linked with making a move, but it is Liverpool who have been named as the club at the front of the queue.

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Tuttomercatoweb confirm that is the case today, saying a departure for Koulibaly is ‘not impossible’ this summer.

However, where he may end up remains in the air. It’s insisted Liverpool are indeed interested and are ‘above all’ in terms of that interest, however, a major stumbling block is Napoli’s asking price.

De Laurentiis has ‘requested’ €100m for the Senegal defender, a price that it is felt will hardly attract ‘any proposals’ particularly from Liverpool.