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What’s the latest news involving Koulibaly?
According to Italian media outlet Area Napoli, Koulibaly’s agent is looking to force through a summer move from Napoli when the transfer window reopens for business next month.
The report suggests Chelsea are among the 59-cap Senegal international’s admirers and willing to offer a lucrative contract while it is hoped a £30million deal could be sealed, but they are facing competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Premier League rivals.
Koulibaly will enter the final 12 months of his £183,000-per-week Napoli contract in a matter of weeks, meaning his current employers are in a precarious position and the upcoming window could be one of their final opportunities to cash-in.
Despite that, Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti has claimed the Serie A side cannot afford to sell the central defender.
Spalletti’s desire to hold onto Koulibaly should not come as a surprise as he made 34 appearances this season, underlining how he is a key figure in Napoli’s backline.
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What has Dean Jones said about Koulibaly?
Jones understands Koulibaly may be on the market for a lower fee than what Napoli were previously seeking.
The transfer insider feels the 30-year-old would be a valuable addition to Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s defensive options.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “There’s a feeling from a few people I speak to that he actually might be available at quite good value now.
“There have been times when Koulibaly has been talked about as an £80million defender, but it’s probably half that at this point.
“I think that Koulibaly could actually offer good value for a top, top quality defender.”
Why are Chelsea looking to sign a central defender?
The sanctioning of Roman Abramovich hit Chelsea hard, with them being unable to offer new contracts to stars currently on their books or enter negotiations over summer transfers.
That has resulted in Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen heading onto pastures new when their respective deals expire at the end of next month.
It means Tuchel’s centre-half options have been seriously impacted ahead of next season, with him potentially having to rely on youthful aces returning from loan spells away, so Koulibaly would be a welcome addition to the Stamford Bridge ranks.