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Todd Boehly makes Kalidou Koulibaly enquiry which could trigger huge repercussions in Naples

Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli May 2022

Chelsea chief Todd Boehly has enquired about a move for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports.

The new Chelsea co-owner and sporting director has been busy and has now added the Senegal centre-back to his list of targets.

Man City’s Nathan Ake, Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde, Inter Milan ace Milan Skriniar and Matthijs de Ligt have all been mentioned as serious options for Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel, who has admitted it is a Chelsea rebuild this summer, is looking to replace the departed Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. And there’s no doubt the American, who has had to step into the shoes of the departed Marina Granovskaia, has been casting his net far and wide.

But Koulibaly was reported to be a target for Boehly at the start of the month.

According to Football Italia, who cited Gazzetta dello Sport, Boehly put an offer on the table for Koulibaly.

It was said to be worth around £8.5m a season, which equates to just over £163,000 per week.

Now transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has said there have been Chelsea conversations with Koulibaly.

He tweeted: “Kalidou Koulibaly, one more name in the list for Chelsea as they keep searching for two centre-backs.

“He’s out of contract with Napoli in 2023.

“Been told there are conversations also on Koulibaly alongside De Ligt, Ake, Kounde.

“Focus on Raphinha, and then centre-backs.”

Spalletti issues ‘quit’ threat over Koulibaly 

The defender is out of contract next summer. And Napoli and their president Aurelio De Laurentiis will not want to see him leave for nothing in 2023.

The 30-year-old was said to be pursuing a£30m move to Barcelona earlier this month, according to Diario Sport.

Barca’s financial situation is well documented though. And they will likely need to offload a number of players before they can buy.

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti meanwhile is strongly against a move for the player, who made 27 Serie A appearances last season.

In fact the Italian coach relies on the player so much he claimed he would resign if the club gave the Senegal star the green light to leave

Sport cited quotes from Spalletti saying as much earlier this month.

“Will you sell it to me? A second later I quit,” said Spalletti to the Corriere dello Sport.

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