Chelsea add Kalidou Koulibaly to transfer shortlist as Blues chase Napoli centre-back who is a free agent next summer
NAPOLI centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has reportedly emerged as a potential target for Chelsea.
It has been claimed that the Senegal international has been added to Thomas Tuchel’s shortlist in his quest to bolster his backline.
The Blues boss is desperate for reinforcements in defence after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen departed as free agents.
Chelsea have been linked with a host of players, with the club reportedly having a £34million offer plus either Timo Werner or Christian Pulisic for Matthijs de Ligt rejected by Juventus.
They are also understood to be keen on bringing Manchester City’s Nathan Ake back to Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile Sevilla star Jules Kounde remains of interest, however they face competition from Barcelona in the race to secure the Frenchman’s services.
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But they have now added Napoli’s Koulibaly to their list of targets, who could be available this summer with his contract in Italy to expire next year.
It’s been a hectic last few days for Chelsea with the club agreeing a deal to sign Leeds winger Raphinha.
And SunSport understands they could be set to make an offer for Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.
Now transfer guru Fabrizio Romnao has declared there have been conversations to snap up 2021 Africa Cup of Nations winner Koulibaly.
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“He’s out of contract with Napoli in 2023.
“Been told there are conversations also on Koulibaly alongside De Ligt, Ake, Kounde.
“Focus on Raphinha, and then centre-backs.”
As well as Chelsea, Serie A giants Juventus are also keeping tabs on Koulibaly, who has been at Napoli since 2014.
Napoli boss Luciano Spaletti is claimed to be so desperate to keep the player that he will resign if his side cash in on him.