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Chelsea hoping to follow up Kante signing with Serie A addition

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With the £30 million signing of N’Golo Kante all but confirmed this evening, Chelsea are closing in on their second addition of the summer before the weekend begins.

And, according to reports from The Telegraph on Friday, the Stamford Bridge club are already turning their attention to signing number three.

In Kante and Michy Batshuayi, new manager Antonio Conte has already boosted both the midfield and attack of his squad. Now, it appears Chelsea are looking to bring in defensive reinforcements.

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Per The Telegraph's Matt Law, the west London club are hoping to add Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly to their ranks in the not too distant future, with the report claiming that a deal for the centre-back is "in the works".

Koulibaly, who has been with Napoli since 2014, has been on Chelsea's radar for some time now. However, as noted by The Sun earlier this week, they are facing competition for the 25-year-old signature from Everton.

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Having been rebuffed in their attempts to reunite Conte with Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci, however, Chelsea appear to be determined to see off their Premier League rivals sooner rather than later.

In order to do that, though, Chelsea may have to fork out even more than they are about to for Kante. The Sun reports that Napoli are seeking £50 million for the French-born Senegalese international.

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That would certainly be a big price to play for a player who only has a handful of Champions League appearances to his name, but with Conte determined to instill the steely defensive qualities that made his Italy side so tough to beat at Euro 2016, Roman Abramovich appears ready to sanction the deal.

In finishing 10th in the Premier League last season, Chelsea shipped an uncharacteristically high 53 goals. Bringing in Koulibaly would go some way to shoring up their defensive frailties - especially with Kante taking up his position ahead of what will likely be a back four this season.

As noted by The Telegraph, a deal for the Serie A star is in the works, but the interest from Everton remains as the Toffees look to bring in reinforcements of their own in preparation for the potential departure of John Stones.

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With Chelsea themselves having failed to sign the young England defender for £50 million last summer, it is somewhat ironic that it is the same player who is inadvertently playing his part in ramping up the price for this summer's defensive target.

Nevertheless, if Koulibaly does arrive in the next week or two, it will continue an impressive recruitment drive under Conte. 

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