Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is reportedly open to the idea of moving to Chelsea ahead of the 2022/23 season.
Despite frequent rumours with a move to the Premier League over the past couple of years, the 31-year-old defender has stayed faithful to the Partenopei and will soon celebrate his eight-year anniversary in Serie A.
However, Koulibaly now has just 12 months left to run on his current deal with Luciano Spalletti’s team, who are running the risk of losing him for free next summer.
The Red Devils were persistently rumoured with a move for Koulibaly last year, however, new manager Erik ten Hag is seemingly focusing on other defensive targets for the current window.
Barcelona and Chelsea are now believed to be the two favourites for the Senegal international’s services, and the West London giants have apparently stolen a march on the Blaugrana in the race for his services.
According to The Mirror, Koulibaly is a name that has been mentioned at Stamford Bridge, and the ex-Metz and Genk centre-back would be keen on a move to the English capital.
In spite of Koulibaly’s contract situation, the report claims that Serie A giants, are still prepared to demand a fee of £40m to sanction his departure, and the Blues are willing to offer the centre-back an £8.5m-a-year deal.
Previous reports had suggested that Koulibaly could picture himself ending his playing career at Serie A giants, Napoli, where he has amassed 14 goals and eight assists from 317 games in all competitions.
Koulibaly has won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana during his time with Napoli, and he could form a part of a new-look Chelsea defensive end in 2022-23.