Chelsea has reportedly been linked with a move for Napoli defensive ace Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegalese international had been previously linked with a move to Stamford Bridge last season as well but the Blues failed to complete the transfer. The amount offered by the Blues was far lesser than the one demanded by the Napoli bosses and Koulibaly stayed back at Naples under a new contract agreement.
However, it seems the Blues are ready to renegotiate and have kindled their interest in Koulibaly once again. They will however, have to face competition from the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal. Hence the Blues are ready to accordingly up their bid of £40 million from last year to an upgraded amount of £65 million.
The defender who moved from Genk to Italy back in 2014 has earned quite a reputation over the years and has now come to the foray after scoring a dramatic winner against Juventus. The Italian is happy to have played at the club this season but will be looking to add more experience to his game by moving out of Italy.
He is a technically gifted defender who is good on the ball and has an excellent distribution skill. He can see through balls and can play a good game with teams who control the ball. Off the ball, he can also control the defence and is an excellent leader and organizer of the backline.
He is physically strong and more often than not wins the headers and physical battles for his team. He marks and tackles extremely well both in the first attempt and last ditch ones. He is a complete defender who has developed well in Italy thereby certifying his standard as that of the highest level.
At Chelsea, the situation is not dire with the Blues having defenders like Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Cezar Azpilicueta and Andres Christensen. While Christensen and Rudiger are young and full of potential, the same cannot be said for Luiz and Cahill. Cahill is clearly over the hill while Luiz has been kept out for the longest time now.
This would mean that should Conte stay and continue with a three man defence, a new defender like Koulibaly would not be the worst idea to add. He will add strength and quality and be a first choice starter alongside Christensen and Azpilicueta.