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Chelsea’s signing of Thiago Silva has helped fill need for a quality centre-back but at 36, the Brazilian is a short-term solution.
One player that continues to be linked with a transfer to Chelsea is Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Chelsea have reportedly had bids turned down in the past for the Senegalese defender and remain interested in signing the Napoli star.
According to Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, Chelsea and other clubs interested in signing Koulibaly must pay £100 million for the defender or forget about signing him.
Manchester United and Liverpool are also interested in signing the 29 year old Napoli star.
Jim White said on talkSPORT: “There isn’t a window in the last two, three or four that we don’t see big mentions of the Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
“This morning, I spoke to Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Napoli owner, and said what about your player, are there bids in for him?
“He laughed it off saying he’s not for sale. He’s absolutely not for sale unless one of the big clubs in England come up with £100million.
“He then says to me ‘I thought you were going to refer to our defender Nikola Maksimovic, the Serbian who is 29 years of age, and Liverpool’s previous interest in him’.
“So I said ‘are Liverpool still interested in your defender?’ He interrupted me to say of course with injury problems to Gomez and Van Dijk but no they haven’t heard from them of late.
“But it seems on this occasion Koulibaly is going nowhere.
“He stays and that was as recent as this morning. Anyone going in with anything other than £100million for Koulibaly can forget it.”