Flurry of bets placed on Kalidou Koulibaly joining Liverpool this summer

Flurry of bets placed on Kalidou Koulibaly joining Liverpool this summer

Punters think he could be playing alongside VVD next season...

A flurry of bets have been placed on Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly joining Liverpool this summer, amidst reports of a £90m deal.

Over the last 24 hours, a whopping 71% of all bets in the market has backed Liverpool, with a further 55% of bets over the last week.

That’s resulted in bookies cutting odds into as short as 15/8 that the transfer happens this window, although the best price of 5/1 is still available.

The Reds are now the third most likely destination for the defender, with bookies still making it odds-on (9/10) that he stays at Napoli.

Manchester United are the clear second-favourites in the market at 3/1, in dire need of a commanding centre back.

Liverpool are next in the market alongside PSG at 5/1, then comes Premier League side Newcastle, who are now just 6/1 to sign Koulibaly.

Bayern Munich are the next most likely option at 9/1, followed by Barcelona (10/1) and Man City (10/1).

Leading football stats providers, WhoScored.com, revealed that only Milan Skriniar (5916) has made more accurate passes than Koulibaly (5817) since the start of the 2017/18 Serie A season.

Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: “Liverpool have looked nigh-unbeatable this season, so the thought of partnering Virgil van Dijk with another colossus in the shape of Kalidou Koulibaly is a terrifying prospect.

“Some will feel the big-money move would be a harsh step for Jürgen Klopp to take in terms of Joe Gomez's development, although as we all know in football, there's no room for sentiment.”

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