Premier League side Chelsea have emerged as the potential frontrunners to sign defensive star Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli this summer.

The current Premier League champions missed out on the Senegalese defender last summer and have since seen a handful of rival clubs reportedly join the race to sign Koulibaly.

Both Barcelona and Arsenal are understood to be interested in the 26-year-old, with Manchester United also previously linked with the defender.

However, it is Chelsea who currently lead the way to sign the in-demand centre-back, as they look to replace an unwanted David Luiz and veteran Gary Cahill, who isn’t getting much better with age.

Koulibaly signed for Napoli in 2014 from Genk for a fee of £6.5 million. Since arriving at the Italian side, Koulibaly have made 107 league appearances and 40 cup appearances, scoring 7 goals. With Napoli, he won the Supercoppa Italiana in 2014. He was also named in the Serie A Team of the Year in both the 2015-16 season and the 2016-17 season. The defender has also played for French side Metz.

The French-born Koulibaly chose to play for Senegal, as he has Senegalese parents. Since starting his international tenure in 2015, the defender has 22 caps to his name. He was also a part of the Senegal squad that took part in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.




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