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Kalidou Koulibaly drops Chelsea transfer bombshell as £34m deal ‘very close’

Chelsea have seriously stepped up their intention to sign Serie A defender Kalidou Koulibaly with the club now set to win the race to sign the centre-back.

Koulibaly confirmed today that his potential move to Chelsea is “on the right track” as the London side look to bring the Senegalese international to Stamford Bridge.

The 31-year-old is among the various options to bring to Chelsea this campaign, with his transfer move to the club becoming more likely as time goes by. 

Chelsea has already lost Antonio Rudiger and Christensen on free transfers, with Cesar Azpilicueta very close to joining Barcelona as well. They have the task of signing at least two new centre-backs this summer due to this.

And it has been reported that the Blues are close to agreeing upon a deal worth £33-40 million for the Napoli central defender. 

Koulibaly has rejected the option to move to Juventus out of respect for the eight years he has served at Napoli, making Chelsea the front runners. 

Chelsea have already agreed personal terms with Manchester City centre-back Nathan Ake. The Dutch defender could be the start of the club’s defensive rebuild, rejoining the club after leaving back in 2017. 

Man City will look for a replacement before letting the Netherlands star go it has been reported, meaning Chelsea may have to wait a bit longer to get their man.

The news now looks to have been confirmed by the player himself, who says that his long-awaited departure from Italy is now approaching.

“I’ll confirm that later, but it’s on the right track,” he said on Italian radio as Journalist Romain Collet-Gaudin reported.

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