Chelsea are in talks to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly as they look to rebuild their defence.

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This summer, Chelsea notoriously lost Antonio Rüdiger at Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen at Barcelona, both to free transfers, leaving Thiago Silva, Trevoch Chalobah and Malanga Sarra as the only centre-backs in head coach Thomas Tuchel’s team.

But Koulibaly may be set to increase his options as a head coach, although Juventus are also known to be interested in the Napoli defender.

Koulibaly won the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal in February. With Napoli, the player has only one year left on his contract.

Kalidou Koulibaly

Player Achievement

The 31-year-old footballer has made more than 300 appearances for Napoli since he moved from Belgian Genk eight years ago.

Koulibaly – who has 62 caps for Senegal – has been named in the Serie A team of the year on four occasions, and was named as the best defender in Italy in 2019.

Player statistics for the 2021/22 season

In addition to Koulibaly, Chelsea are also showing interest in the likes of Manchester City’s Nathan Ake, Sevilla’s Jules Kunde, RB Leipzig’s Josko Guardiol and Paris Saint-Germain’s Prenel Kimpembe.

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