Barcelona keen on signing €45m-rated Chelsea transfer target

Barcelona have a strong interest in signing Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly in the upcoming summer transfer window. The Blaugrana will make a serious effort to add Senegal international in the coming days. Kalidou has been with Napoli since 2014 when he arrived from Genk.

Over the past eight years, Koulibaly has established himself as one of the most reliable defenders around Europe. The 30-year-old defender has been linked with an exit from the Italian club for several transfer windows now, but Napoli’s prohibitive price tag has prevented teams from making a move.

However, the Senegalese centre-back’s current deal with Napoli expires at the end of the next campaign, meaning he will enter the final year of his contract in the summer. And with deal negotiations not going as planned, the Senegalese could be on the move at the end of the campaign, with the Catalan giants emerging as a suitor.

La Liga giants already have a deal in place to strengthen their back-line with the signing of Christensen from Chelsea. However, question marks linger over the futures of Lenglet, Umtiti and Mingueza. Furthermore, Pique has been struggling with injuries of late and will slowly need to be ushered out of the first-team setup.

The BLues are ready to lose Christensen to Barcelona in the summer, while Rudiger is also poised to join Real Madrid on a Bosman deal. With Azpilicueta also linked with the Blaugrana, there will be vacancies in the defensive department at Chelsea.