Chelsea Are Closing In On The €40 Million Signing Of Napoli Centre-Back Kalidou Koulibaly
Chelsea are closing in on the €40 million signing of Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly while continuing to pursue an agreement with Manchester City for Nathan Ake, sources have told ESPN.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are keen to strengthen their defensive options after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left the club on free transfers earlier in the summer, joining Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
Chelsea have so far been thwarted in their attempts to land Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus, with the Netherlands centre-back preferring a move to Bayern Munich.
Sources insist Chelsea have not given up hope on De Ligt but, for the time being, Chelsea are progressing with other targets and formal confirmation that Koulibaly has agreed to join from Napoli is expected in the coming days.
Personal terms are set to be finalised on what has been described by sources as a “long-term contract.” Reports elsewhere have suggested Koulibaly, 31, has been offered a five-year deal.
As ESPN reported last week, talks are continuing between Chelsea and City over a deal for Ake, who is keen on a return to Stamford Bridge after coming through the youth ranks at the west London club.
City were holding out for £50m, but there is growing confidence at Chelsea that they can agree a deal for slightly less. Chelsea have asked to be kept informed of Bayern’s talks with De Ligt. They also hold an interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe.
Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling is flying to the United States to join his new Chelsea teammates for a formal unveiling after agreeing a £50m deal to leave City.
Chelsea Centre-Back Joins Barcelona
The Danish and former Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen has joined the La Liga club, Barcelona on a free transfer.Christensen who has been finding it challenging to make Chelsea first team squad since the arrival of Thiago Silva has now moved to Barca.He will now joined former teammate Antonio Rudiger in La Liga.Christensen will be revealed in camp Nou next week.
Real Madrid Welcome Former Chelsea Centre Back
The latest European champion; Real Madrid C.F. have reached an agreement to sign Antonio Rüdiger, who joins the club on a four-year deal.Rüdiger will be unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Monday 20 June at 12 noon (CET) at Real Madrid City.Following his unveiling, he will address the media.Rudiger failed to renew his contract with Chelsea and he has joined the biggest club in the wolrd.
Copa Italia: Mertens Fires Napoli To Final; Napoli To Face Juve On Wednesday
As the second tiers of the semi final of the Copa Italia was played yesterday, Dries Mertens fired Napoli into the Coppa Italia final, beating Inter Milan 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in the match and became the club's record goalscorer.it will be recalled that Napoli defeated Inter 1-0 from the first leg at the San Siro three months ago which gave them the edge yesterday but their advantage was wiped out barely two minutes in as Christian Eriksen - making his...
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