CHELSEA have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte tried to sign Koulibaly last summer and was again linked with the Senegal international in January.
But the Blues failed to agree a fee as Napoli demanded £60million for his services.
Conte is likely to renew his interest in the 25-year-old this summer after club captain John Terry, 36, recently announced this will be his last season at Chelsea.
And Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has opened the door to Koulibaly moving to Stamford Bridge, claiming he won’t stand in the way if he wants to leave.
De Laurentiis told Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport: “If there’s a new offer from Chelsea for Koulibaly?
“It will depend on the player’s will, because if he doesn’t want to stay then he can leave.”
Koulibaly last month refused to rule out a move to the Premier League but admitted he will only make a decision on his future at the end of the season.
It would make me happy to come and play here, but now I have to go to Napoli.
“In the future you never know. Now I concentrate on my club and we will see next season what I have to do.
“I think I will stay in Napoli but you never know. I can’t talk about it now. We will see.”