Serie A club confirms Chelsea made £50m offer for defender

Chelsea wanted Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer, according to Aurelio De Laurentiis

Chelsea made a last-ditch £50m offer for Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer transfer window, according to Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

The Blues was linked with a move the Senegal international following the appointment of Antonio Conte in the summer after the Italian head coach was named as Guus Hiddink’s permanent successor.

Chelsea signed David Luiz in a £32m deal from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day as the Brazil international completed a return to Stamford Bridge following his departure in 2014.

Conte also signed Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante, Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, Fiorentina defender Marcos Alonso and Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper Eduardo.

Napoli president De Laurentiis confirmed that Chelsea made a number of offers for the African defender during the summer transfer window.

“They offered to me £30-35-40-45-50 million. Last moment, two days before the closing of the market, I hear £58m – something like that,” De Laurentiis is quoted as saying by The Daily Mirror.

Chelsea are in seventh place in the Premier League table and six points behind leaders Manchester City.

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The west Londoners were 2-0 winners against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon thanks to goals from Willian and Diego Costa.

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