Chelsea have finally launched an official bid of £19.2 million for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to the Mirror.
Talk has been ongoing in Blues circles about a move for the Senegalese player, with Napoli, in turn, making furious accusations that he was being unsettled and even suggesting legal action could be taken against Chelsea.
Now that the Stamford Bridge side have nailed their colours to the mast, it doesn’t seem to have improved relations any further, as Napoli are set to turn down the offer.
The Italian club want reportedly want at least £30million, though it may be difficult for them to hold out for that figure because Koulibaly wants to speak to Chelsea.
Chelsea should certainly consider making an improved offer if an agreement can’t yet be reached, as Koulibaly is still much cheaper – and much more consistent – than their other main defensive target John Stones.
Napoli aren’t going to let him go without a fight, but Chelsea are doing the right thing by making their move with plenty of time to spare in the transfer window.