Liverpool ‘make Kalidou Koulibaly bid’ as Gini Wijnaldum replacement also eyed

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Liverpool have reportedly made an offer for Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of the summer transfer window, with Jurgen Klopp viewing the defender as the ideal partner for Virgil van Dijk. Klopp is also targeting a player ‘from another planet’ as he looks to replace Gini Wijnaldum, while Aaron Ramsey has been linked with the Premier League giants.

Express Sport brings you the latest transfer news from Anfield.

Liverpool make Kalidou Koulibaly bid

Liverpool have reportedly made an “informal offer” of around £34.2million for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. 

Koulibaly has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United believed to be among his admirers.

He was reportedly close to joining Manchester City last summer.

But Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window podcast says Liverpool have reignited their interest in the 29-year-old.

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And Reds boss Klopp is said to view Koulibaly as the ideal partner for Van Dijk next season.

“It is our understanding that an informal offer to begin with of €40m (£34.2m) plus add-ons has been made for the player, who’s certainly available,” he said.

“Certainly Jurgen Klopp looks at him as being a very, very suitable partner for Van Dijk, who is expected to return before the start of next season and do pre-season with Liverpool as well.

“Koulibaly has had interest from Manchester City and Manchester United but Liverpool look to be leading the race now in a reduced-price market for a player – okay, he’s 29, but that does also give him the advantage of the experience and he will be able to hit the ground running with regards to coming into a new club.”

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Klopp eyeing Wijnaldum replacement

Jurgen Klopp has got his sights set on an ideal replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum in the transfer window.

Barcelona are the frontrunners to land the Dutchman, who is out of contact this summer, with Ronald Koeman desperate to reunite with the man he coached at international level.

Klopp has already made plans to replace Wijnaldum, with Napoli ace Piotr Zielinski in his sights, according to Area Napoli via Sport Witness.

And former Napoli midfielder Salvatore Bagni believes the Poland internaitonal is “from another planet”.

“I suspect nobody has a Zielinski,” he told Corriere Dello Sport.

“Sometimes I even doubt that he doesn’t even know how strong he is and if they notice it, Real Madrid or clubs of that level could wake up.

“For me, we’re talking about a footballer from another planet.”

Aaron Ramsey ‘considering Liverpool transfer’ 

Aaron Ramsey is seriously considering a move to Liverpool in the transfer window.

Ramsey’s time at Juventus has been dogged by injuries, with the Wales midfielder having made 61 appearances over two seasons.

The 30-year-old is costing the club £400,000 per week in wages, and Juve are looking to sell to free up funds.

And according to CalcioMercato, Liverpool are at the front of the queue to land the former Arsenal star.

West Ham are also in the hunt – although it is believed Ramsey’s choice would be influenced by whether or not the clubs in question qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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