Are you surprised that Kalidou Koulibaly is being linked with a big money move to Chelsea mere hours after he scored the winning goal against Juventus to help Napoli close to gap with the Turin side to just one point?
According to Il Mattino, Naples’ local newspaper, Antonio Conte’s side are readying a €75m move for the Senegalese defender in the summer to bring him to Stamford Bridge, an amount the Serie A side would find very hard to turn down.
That figure isn’t new, as it’s been a recurring one over the years, with Koulibaly’s agent even coming out a couple of years ago to laugh at it.
Of course, now, things have changed and we live in a transfer market where such a sum of money isn’t even eyebrow raising anymore, especially for a defender of the Chelsea target’s quality.
Il Mattino explain Aurelio de Laurentiis is readying himself for a summer assault as clubs come knocking for his players by ‘erecting a wall’, even though he knows he won’t be able to resist all of them.
Either way, this is just the beginning, so brace yourselves.
Juventus could struggle to meet Chelsea star’s wage demands
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is being heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer.
A number of outfits across European football have been touted as potential destinations for the Spaniard, who has endured a difficult introduction to English football this term.
Serie A champions Juventus are one side to have been heavily linked with Morata and it seems that their interest in a summer swoop is genuine.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men are already well-stocked when it comes to striking options but if reports are to be believed, they’d like to re-sign Morata to bolster their attacking reinforcements.
However, according to fresh claims from Italy, the financial side of any deal for Morata could prove to be difficult for Juventus to conclude.
It’s claimed that the Spain international is currently earning a wage packet of £160,000 per week at Stamford Bridge – an expenditure which could be difficult for Juve to match.
This may well prove to be a stumbling block for Juventus as they pursue a deal for Morata, given the financial benefits he is currently enjoying in West London.