Liverpool have enquired about Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to Il Mattino.
The Naples based publication reports that the Reds made contact with the Senegalese star’s agent Fali Ramadani about whether a transfer could happen.
Ramadani is believed to have confirmed Koulibaly’s asking price with Napoli, who have slapped a €120m (£107m) valuation on the player.
After the initial contact, it is believed that both Liverpool and Ramadani agreed that a deal could be possible but is unlikely to go ahead unless Napoli lower their demands.
Koulibaly has been heavily linked with Manchester United, among other clubs, but the 27-year-old is likely to stay put at the Partenopei with the Serie A side’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis determined to keep hold of the player.
The fact that Liverpool even made an enquiry about Koulibaly is a surprise considering they are well stocked in the centre-back position with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren.
There have been doubts over Lovren’s future, though, with AC Milan reportedly interested in the Croatian, but the Reds would demand at least £25m for the defender.