Napoli’s Champions League exit means Kalidou Koulibaly is a realistic option for Chelsea
With David Luiz’s exit looking more and more likely, Chelsea are increasingly looking like they will buy a defender soon.
Luiz’s contract runs out in July and Chelsea only offer rolling one-year contracts to players over the age of 30.
The Brazilian wants a longer deal, but if he doesn’t get one, will leave on a free in the summer, as reports the Telegraph.
This means that Maurizio Sarri will be searching for a new starting centre-back as Luiz and Antonio Rudiger are his favourite pairing.
And Napoli’s exit from the Champions League may have opened the door for him to sign one of his former players.
Sarri transformed Kalidou Koulibaly from a centre-back with potential into one of the best in the world.
And his abilities were on full display in Napoli’s 1-0 loss at Liverpool on Tuesday.
Following the Italian’s side exit from Europe’s top competition, it may be time for the Senegal international to leave Italy.
And playing under the manager who transformed his career should be something that appeals to him.
Chelsea will have to beat competition from Manchester United for the £90m rated defender reports the Metro.
However, if the Blues have the funds, they must pay whatever’s necessary to bring Koulibaly to West London.