Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli insists the club will not be lowering their asking price for Kalidou Koulibaly despite the impact of the coronavirus crisis on their finances and the transfer market.

Koulibaly has long been linked with a move away from Naples after establishing himself as one of the finest central defenders in Italian football and Liverpool will reportedly be competing with Manchester United for the 28-year-old’s signature in the summer transfer window.

Recent rumours claimed that Jurgen Klopp had even spoken to Koulibaly on the phone to talk over a move switch to Merseyside where he would create a potentially formidable partnership at the back with Virgil van Dijk.

However, Napoli have warned clubs interested in the Senegal international that they have no intention of allowing their top players to leave for anything less than their valuation.

‘Kalidou is a great player, who still has a long contract with us,’ Napoli chief Giuntoli told Italian outlet Sky Sport 24.

‘If we were to sell, the club could ask for a large sum.

‘A player like this cannot change his value even in a crisis, so we are not moving our valuation.’