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Chelsea prepare club-record bid for Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly

11:30 BST 28/05/2018
Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli
The Blues are ready to splash the cash on the Senegal international as Sarri is set to take over at the helm

Chelsea are prepared to meet Napoli's asking price for Kalidou Koulibaly as Maurizio Sarri edges closer to succeed Antonio Conte at the club.

According to Metro, Koulibaly is top of Sarri's transfer wishlist and might become the most expensive signing in Chelsea's history, ahead of Alvaro Morata.

The Stamford Bridge outfit are set to spend up to €85 million to unite the Senegalese defender with his former boss in London.

In April 2017, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed the club turned down Chelsea's €55 million offer for the defender owing to inadequate replacement.

After a string of impressive defensive displays with the Partenopei this campaign, the 26-year-old is back on the radar of the 2017-18 FA Cup winners.

This season, Koulibaly featured in 35 league matches averaging 1.5 tackles per game and 3.2 clearances per game.

The centre-back also scored crucial goals for the Stadio San Paolo outfit which earned him praise from football great Diego Maradona.