‘It’s on the right track’ – Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly confident he’s closing in on £35m Chelsea transfer

 

NAPOLI star man Kalidou Koulibaly has admitted a potential move to Chelsea is “on the right track”.

Following a season which saw The Blues win the Club World Cup and reach the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals there have been a number of stars released following contract expiries.

The Premier League side are in the market for a centre-back or two following the exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Among the most notable names on the list are Andreas Christensen, Danny Drinkwater, and Charly Musonda.

And Napoli’s Koulibaly ticks all the boxes of what boss Thomas Tuchel is looking for.

Chelsea have no issue meeting Napoli’s £34million asking price of the 31-year-old, who brings a wealth of European and International experience.

The Senegal international, who has just one year left on his deal at Napoli, has even commented on a potential move himself.

As quoted by Romain Collet-Gaudin, Koulibaly admitted on a potential move to Stamford Bridge: “I’ll confirm that later, but it’s on the right track.”

Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti also hinted that Koulibaly could be on his way out.

In a fan Q&A on Instagram, the Italian said: “I prefer Koulibaly to be with us always, especially as he would be captain this season.

“If he chooses to leave, we will never stop thanking him for all the help he has given us.

“If he wants to choose something else, we wish him all the best, because he deserves it.”

Manchester City’s Nathan Ake has also been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge, having departed the club back in 2017.

Chelsea allowed Ake to leave for Bournemouth before he was signed by City for £41m.

Raheem Sterling could also join Ake in leaving City for Chelsea.

The England winger is expected to seal a £50m move in the next 24 hours once he gets a medical all-clear.

Ex-Liverpool attacker Sterling will land a £300,000-a-week deal.

He could then make his Chelsea debut in Charlotte next Wednesday or Arsenal on Saturday week in Orlando.

But it’s thought he won’t feature before that against Club America in Las Vegas on Saturday.

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