‘Holding out for a fortune’ Napoli tells Chelsea £108 million will sign Koulibaly
Reports have claimed Napoli have told chasing Chelsea they will have to pay a staggering £108m to prise Kalidou Koulibaly away this coming January
Koulibaly is now considered to be one of the top centre-halfs in Europe, and is dominating Serie A with his powerful displays at the back for the Italian giants.
His performances caught the attentions of a number of clubs over the past few seasons, including Chelsea and Manchester United, who are both desperate to improve the back-line in the coming transfer windows.
It is no secret that Chelsea are lacking in certain areas of the pitch and defence is certainly one of them as both David Luiz and Antonio Ruidger are too unreliable when it comes to the big games.
But according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is holding out for a fortune, and has told chasing clubs that they will now have to spend £108 million to secure a deal for Koulibaly.
Koulibaly recently signed a deal with Napoli that will keep him at the club until 2023, so the Italians have no need to cash in as the player is tied down to the big deal.
Would Chelsea pay such a big amount for Koulibaly?
Koulibaly is a top-class defender that has impressed over the last few seasons, but Napoli are asking for crazy money and no club will pay such an amount for the defender.
Chelsea are one of the most financially sound clubs in world football, but even they know the value of players and may now switch their attentions elsewhere as there are a number of targets which would cost half the price, but are just as good as Koulibaly.