Chelsea identify Serie A star as prime summer transfer target
Chelsea have identified Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly as their number one target ahead of the summer transfer window, according to Tutto Mercato Web, per the Daily Mirror.
Blues boss Antonio Conte is known to be a huge admirer of the imposing centre-back, having tried to bring him to Stamford Bridge last summer. After signing from Genk three years ago, he has helped Napoli become a real force in Serie A and Europe.
At 25, he is at a great age to improve under Conte and possesses the pace and strength to flourish as part of a trio of defenders in a system which has taken Chelsea ten points clear and to the brink of a second Premier League title in three years.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has made Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly one of his main summer transfer target. (Source: Daily Express) pic.twitter.com/nZVaXWENkw— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) March 16, 2017
He would likely cost more than £50million, a hefty amount for a defender, but Conte is keen to reshuffle his options at the back, with both Gary Cahill and David Luiz approaching a crossroads in their careers.
Chelsea will look to cement their charge for the title with victory at Stoke City over the weekend.