Napoli have given Chelsea a clear warning that any offer they make for Kalidou Koulibaly, will not be enough to prise him away, report Corriere dello Sport.
The Italian outlet state that Chelsea are preparing a monumental £60m (£52.7m) bid for the Senegalese centre-half, who they have been pursuing ever since Antonio Conte joined the club.
Conte identified Koulibaly as a priority signing when he first arrived at Chelsea, but found Napoli hard to budge on their valuation of the player, with a rumoured £47m bid being turned down, according to The Metro.
Despite Napoli’s firm refusal to let go of their prized defender, Koulibaly’s agent, Bruno Satin, told Mondo Napoli that a move would be possible.
“The transfer market is long as it will be open until August 31,” he said. “Something might happen before then. They [Chelsea] are a world class team that many players would like to join but I don’t want to talk about this now.”