Premier League giants Chelsea have been handed a huge boost in their hopes of securing the services of top target Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports from the London Evening Standard
With the duo of John Terry and Gary Cahill entering the wrong side of their 30’s, it is clear to see that Chelsea need a new defender and manager Antonio Conte has been scouring the market in his attempt to strengthen at the back.
It has widely been reported that the main target for Conte is Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly but the Blues seemed like they would be unable to sign the Senegalese international after having a whopping £43 million bid rejected.
To stave off the interest from Chelsea, Napoli had slapped an asking price of around £60 million on Koulibaly and the Blues landing the services of the 25-year-old seemed very unlikely.
Koulibaly set for Chelsea move?
However as a huge boost to Chelsea’s hopes of signing Koulibaly, it has been claimed by the London Evening Standard that Napoli will be willing to part with their star defender as they edge closer to a move for Torino star Nikola Maksimovic.
Maksimovic has essentially been touted as the replacement for Koulibaly by the reports and it is now believed that Napoli will be more open to selling their key player.
That being said, Napoli will surely not allow Koulibaly to leave on the cheap and Chelsea will in all likelihood have to splash in excess of £45 million in order to land the services of the former Genk star within the upcoming week.