Chelsea have reportedly stepped up their interest in signing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Senegalese centre-back was impressive for the Italian giants throughout the previous season, racked up 33 appearances as his side finished runners-up to the league winners Juventus.
Koulibaly’s sensational form apparently has caught the attention of newly appointed Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, with the manager making the 25-year-old as his top priority target this summer.
It is understood that Conte is desperate to bolster his new squad following Chelsea’s unexpected 10th place Premier league finish last season.
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The west Londoners have already secured the services of Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante in deals total cost more than £65m thus far in the summer transfer window.
According to the Daily Star, Chelsea are ready to launch a fresh bid of £40million this week, figure represent a £2m hike on the £38m offer the club has made last Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Serie A outfit are trying to hold their star player especially after the £75million cash in for Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain.
The Blues’ hopeful of making Koulibaly’s acquisition in the coming days, which would be even gives a boost to Napoli’s manager Maurizio Sarri, who is lining up for his replacement, though.
If the deal goes thorough, it will be yet another example of a central defender costing a lot of money for English club, after the arrival of Eliaquim Mangala, Nicolas Otamendi, and Eric Bailly in Premier League for whooping fees.
Koulibaly has established himself a lot over the last 12 months and many pundits believe he could become one of the best defenders in Europe.
He has been a consistent in defence since arriving to Stadio San Paolo from Genk in 2014.