Napoli are prepared to sell central defender Kalidou Koulibaly this summer amid interest from Chelsea and other Premier League clubs, according to reports.
The 26-year-old has been imperious at the back for Napoli this season, even scoring their late winning goal away to Juventus that has kept their Scudetto hopes alive.
He has frequently been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte – a huge admirer of the powerful defender – trying to sign him last summer.
Although the Italian is likely to leave, Chelsea’s interest remains, and Corriere dello Sport report that Napoli will listen to offers.
They would prefer to sell abroad rather than to another Serie A rival, with any Italian clubs needing to start the bidding at €80million (£70.5m).
However, the price is not quite so steep for teams outside of Italy, with Napoli happy to sell Koulibaly if his €70m (£61.5m) release clause – which only applies to foreign teams – is met.
Chelsea have had significant issues at centre-back this season, with David Luiz injured for much of the year and Gary Cahill out of form, while Manchester United have also been linked with a move for the Senegal international.
Cesc Fabregas breaks his silence on Chelsea exit speculation
Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has rejected claims he wants to leave the club this summer and says he’s happy to stay at Stamford Bridge.
The Spaniard has started 22 of Chelsea’s 34 Premier League matches this season but has scored just once.
The former Arsenal man is coming to the end of his third season in west London but it’s been a difficult campaign for the Blues under Antonio Conte.
Reports in Spain have suggested Fabregas could look to leave the club this summer but he insists he’s happy in London and wants to stay at Chelsea.
‘I’m happy here and I want to stay in Chelsea next season,’ said Fabregas.
‘I feel good in London, my family too, so I do not see why I’m leaving Chelsea.’
Fabregas has 15 months to run on his existing deal at Stamford Bridge but he’s hoping to open talks with the club over an extension.
Fabregas’ former boss, Jose Mourinho, is a huge admirer of the midfielder and the Spaniard has been linked with a move to Old Trafford but Chelsea are unlikely to sanction the move.