Chelsea fans in the Tavern are ready for another trip to Wembley to face Manchester United in the FA Cup final following their win over Southampton. The Blues are also battling to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
The Blues failed to defend their Premier League title this season as Antonio Conte attempted to replicate the fantastic performances that made Chelsea look untouchable at times last year. Still, Conte has kept Chelsea’s fantastic defensive record intact, having conceded just one more goal than last campaign, though interestingly, only Liverpool have conceded more out of the top five sides in the Premier League.
Indeed, Blues captain Gary Cahill turns 33 later in the year, and following a promising start to life in England, Andreas Christensen’s form has been inconsistent meaning defensive reinforcements are needed in the summer. Interestingly, reports from Italy (via the Daily Star) have suggested the Blues will make a move for Napoli powerhouse, Kalidou Koulibaly.
Koulibaly has established himself as one of the best defenders in the Serie A after joining the club from Genk in the summer of 2014 for a relatively low amount.
He has been a vital part of the Napoli side that remains in the title race alongside Juventus and netted the winning goal to put them within one point heading into the final stage of the season. It is believed an offer around £65m would allow Koulibaly to leave the club but discussions surrounding his future will not take place until the end of the season.
The Senegal international will instantly improve the Chelsea defence if he does complete a move to Stamford Bridge and add some much-needed defensive stability even if Conte leaves the club this summer. After picking up some transfer duds of late, a move for Koulibaly would be a huge statement of intent.
He would cost a pretty penny, but he might just be worth it.
Chelsea fans, would Kalidou Koulibaly improve your defence? Let us know
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