Liverpool are reportedly looking to bring Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly to Anfield, with a January move looking increasingly likely.

AreaNapoli have reported that the Reds have submitted an offer matching Napoli chairman Aurelio de Laurentiis' valuation of the 29-year-old.

Italian journalist Fabio Santini has been quoted as saying: "I have sensational news about Kalidou Koulibaly.

" Manchester City and United are on the Senegalese defender as well as PSG. The club that is more serious for the Senegalese is Liverpool.

"The Reds offer to Napoli a figure between 70 and 75 million euros [£63.2 and £67.7 million], the sum that De Laurentiis asks.”

Koulibaly is reportedly being courted by Liverpool after van Dijk's injury fears were confirmed

Koulibaly has long been linked with a transfer away from the Serie A outfit, but could finally be on the move after Liverpool lost Virgil van Dijk to a long-term knee injury.

The Dutchman ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during last weekend's Merseyside derby stalemate at Goodison Park, finding himself on the receiving end of a heavy lunge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

It usually takes six months or more for players to recover from this type of injury, so it comes as little surprise that Liverpool have quickly taken steps to secure a replacement for their star man.

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Koulibaly has made 249 appearances for Napoli since joining the club six years ago from Belgian outfit Genk for a nominal fee of around £6 million.

The Italian side have seen a number of players leave the club since last season, such as midfielder Allan who made the switch to Everton to reunite with former boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Playmaker Simone Verdi also departed for Parma while central defender Vlad Chiriches joined Sassuolo.

Liverpool kick off their UEFA Champions League campaign on Wednesday evening as they welcome Ajax to Anfield, before a return to Premier League action on Saturday against strugglers Sheffield United.