Things are looking rather confusing on the Koulibaly front for Chelsea. Our beloved club are reportedly looking to test Napoli’s resolve by meeting their asking price on the first attempt after our opening bid. Meanwhile, Napoli are rumoured to be very reluctant on selling as usual.
Gianluca Di Marzio is one of the most respected sources, when it comes to Chelsea news. And he has been saying that we are prepared to throw 30 million Euros on the impressive centre back, and even back it up with a few bonuses here and there:
One of the clubs interested in taking home Koulibaly would be Conte’s Chelsea […] eventual offer would be of around 30 milllion plus bonus for Napoli. The Italians however would really like to keep Koulibaly, despite his contract renewal which has yet to arrive due to the player’s high demands. Chelsea is pressing, Napoli resists, Koulibaly could be a blue next season.
On the other hand, II Mattino reports that Conte is “desperate” for us to get Koulibaly. They also said that Napoli are set to refuse or offer, even if it reaches the mooted 30 million Euro mark. Who should we believe? For now, it would be wise not to believe anyone until something more concrete comes out, so let’s hope we hear something positive soon.
Koulibaly would be a great addition to our team, he has the physical tools to survive in the Premier League as a centre back, is good at playing from the back, has a surprising speed on his side as well, not to mention that he has enough experience to be able to play alongside Kurt Zouma next season, which could not be said about other targets from last summer (i.e: John Stones)
The 24-year old is reported to be on tiny wages and is looking for a bigger pay check, something we can easily provide, after we get Napoli’s blessing for the deal. That will probably be the biggest stumbling block for us, but if the Chelsea board to manage to push a deal through, we would have a firm foundation for a fantastic summer.