Chelsea and Liverpool have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly
The Senegalese international has made 81 appearances for Italian club since making his debut for the Serie A side back in 2014 but powerful centre-back has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League since last summer.
The Blues have been heavily linked with Napoli man, but Goal recently suggested they will come up against competition from the Merseyside club for the 25-year-old at the end of the season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side on the hunt for defensive reinforcements.
After years of problems at the back, Liverpool moved to bring in centre backs Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan from Schalke and Augsburg respectively last summer, but Klopp may still want another centre back.
With Mamadou Sakho completely frozen out at Anfield, the France international has been loaned out to Crystal Palace, where his impressive performances appear to be attracting interest ahead of the summer transfer window.
As it has been confirmed that John Terry will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, Koulibaly is firmly at the top of Chelsea’s wish-list.
And now Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has opened the door to Koulibaly moving this summer, claiming he won’t stand in the way if he wants to leave.
De Laurentiis told Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport: “If there’s a new offer from Chelsea for Koulibaly?
“It will depend on the player’s will, because if he doesn’t want to stay then he can leave.”
The Senegalese star is one of the better defenders in the Italy’s top flight and he is known for his ability to pass from the back while also being a no-nonsense tackler; something that the Premier League giants could do with next season.
The report in Goal adds that Napoli want around £60million from Liverpool or Chelsea for Koulibaly which could put off interested clubs.