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Chelsea add Barcelona target and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly to their ever-growing shortlist

Chelsea ‘adds Barcelona target and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly to their ever-growing shortlist this summer, as talks also progress with Nathan Ake and Jules Kounde’, as Thomas Tuchel pursues a new centre-back

  • Chelsea have added Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly to their summer list
  • The Blues are also aiming for stars Matthijs de Ligt, Nathan Ake and Jules Kunde
  • The Senegalese international enters the final year of his contract with Napoli
  • The 30-year-old defender previously tried to force a transfer to Barcelona

Chelsea have reportedly added Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly to their ever-growing shortlist this summer, as they continue to hunt for at least two new defenders.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is eager to bring in reinforcements for the new Premier League season with a huge shortlist of goals, especially in defense as both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave the club.

The West London outfit is already targeting and in talks with a long list of names including Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt, Manchester City defender Nathan Ake and Sevilla centre-back Jules Koundde in the defensive division.

Chelsea have reportedly added Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly to their long shortlist

Chelsea have reportedly added Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly to their long shortlist

The Blues boss Thomas Tuchel would like to bring reinforcements for the new season

The Blues boss Thomas Tuchel would like to bring reinforcements for the new season

Koulibaly could be a good option for the Blues as he wants to leave Napoli, but he is limited in his options as the Italian side is only willing to part with their man to a club outside Serie A.

However, the player is entering the final year of his contract and Gli Azzurri wants to get some money for the defender this summer, rather than seeing him leave for nothing in 2023.

The 30-year-old reportedly attempted a £30 million move to Spanish giants Barcelona earlier this month, according to Diario Sports

The 30-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and Napoli could decide to cash in

The 30-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and Napoli could decide to cash in

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano however, has now revealed that the Blues have been in talks with Senegal International about a move to Stamford Bridge, as they seek to hijack the action of the Catalan giants for the defender.

He tweeted: ‘Kalidou Koulibaly, another name on the list for Chelsea as they continue to search for two centre-backs.

“He is out of contract with Napoli in 2023. I was told that there are also talks about Koulibaly, in addition to De Ligt, Ake and Kunde.

“Focus on Raphinha, then central defenders.”

A deal for Koulibaly may not be smooth sailing as boss Luciano Spalletti has reportedly informed the club of his plan to step down if they sell Koulibaly, the spokesman said. Sport through the Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.

Luciano Spalletti is said to have told Napoli he would step down if they met Kalidou Koulibaly .  would sell

Luciano Spalletti is said to have told Napoli he would step down if they met Kalidou Koulibaly . would sell

His defense helped Napoli boast the joint best defensive record in the division, with just 31 goals in 38 games.

President Aurelio De Laurentiis admitted last month that while Napoli would like Koulibaly to stay with the club, they cannot force his decision.

“He is a symbol of Napoli, and if he no longer wants to be a symbol, he has to decide,” he said.

‘We have to decide. we want Koulibaly to stay, but people can’t be forced to stay.

“Everyone has their own dignity and needs. We respect everyone.’

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