Chelsea and Everton remain keen on Napoli defender, claims agent

Date published: Monday 25th July 2016 2:24

Kalidou Koulibaly: Linked with PL switch

Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent has said that both Chelsea and Everton have both expressed an interest in signing the Napoli central defender.

Everton have been particularly quiet in the transfer market so far, while Chelsea have been forced to look at alternative defensive options after being told Roma’s Kosta Manolas is not for sale.

Now the Blues appear to be one of the front-runners to sign another Serie A centre-back in Koulibaly, who will not be joining team-mate Gonzalo Higuain at Juventus or signing a new contract with Napoli.

“I was in Dimaro on Saturday and we discussed a contract renewal,” agent Bruno Satin told Radio CRC. “However, we are not at the point of reaching an agreement. The desire of the player is to leave the club, not renew.

“We are told by the club that he is a great player but from the renewal on offer, we don’t see this.

“Last year they wanted to sell him, stating he was not focused enough, but then last season he has shown all his quality.

“To the fans I say stay calm because he won’t be joining Juventus. Chelsea and Everton are still interested as they are both searching for a central defender of his quality.”

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