Chelsea transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly gets ‘dirty money’ advice from Napoli chief

One of Chelsea’s top defensive targets, Kalidou Koulibaly, has been warned to accept ‘vile money’ by Napoli chairman Aurelien De Laurentiis, who is trying to convince the centre-back his future remains in Italy before the opening of the summer transfer window.

The Blues are on the hunt for new defensive signings with at least four defenders in different positions set to leave, and with the full takeover now complete by Todd Boehly’s consortium, plans are in place for the next window. summer transfer. Alongside Jules Kounde and Josko Gvardiol, another name that would be on the wishlist is Koulibaly’s long-term target.

Napoli’s No.26 has one year left on his current deal and it looks like he’s ready for a new challenge. Both Barcelona and Chelsea are said to be interested in the 30-year-old. However, Xavi’s side are also in pole position to acquire three defenders from Chelsea this summer in the form of Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso despite their current financial difficulties.

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Acquiring the services of Edouard Mendy’s international team-mate for up to £60m according to Mundo Deportivo could be worth it, but with plenty of money already spent on Jules Kounde, cheaper and in-house options could be prioritised. . purchase of the Senegalese international. On top of that, another complication in this potential transfer deal is that Aurélien De Laurentiis is not an easy-to-negotiate club president, as Marina Granovskaia discovered and co-discovered while trying to make take out Jorginho and Maurizio Sarri from the South. Italian city.

The time it took to complete this operation is time the new Chelsea board simply does not have on their hands with a complete overhaul of the squad and rebuilding in several areas needed if the gap of 19 and 18 points must be closed at the top of the 2022/23 Premier League table at Man City and Liverpool respectively. However, should the Blues play hardball for Koulibaly in the coming months, De Laurentiis has warned him of the options on the table: stay and become a Napoli icon or leave for the ‘low money’ options this summer.

“Koulibaly and Mertens are two footballers that I respect, that I like very much, but it will only depend on them to see if vile money is the only thing that can satisfy them or if living in Naples, living a philosophically different situation , can be a privilege,” he warned via Corriere Della Sera.Otherwise it’s a problem that no longer concerns me.”

Chelsea fans, would you take Kalidou Koulibaly this summer over other options like Pau Torres over Josko Gvardiol? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!