Chelsea offered up to £58m for Kalidou Koulibaly, says Napoli's Aurelio De Laurentiis

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Napoli chairman Aurelio Du Laurentiis confirms he rejected a £58m offer from Chelsea for Kalidou Koulibaly two days before the summer transfer window close

Napoli rejected a Chelsea offer of £58m for Kalidou Koulibaly at the end of the summer transfer window, according to their chairman.

Antonio Conte had a £38m bid for the centre-half rejected in July, according to Sky sources.

Kalidou Koulibaly battles for possession with Roberto Gagliardini
Image: Kalidou Koulibaly was the subject of multiple bids from Chelsea this summer, according to Napoli's chairman

But Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed Chelsea returned more than once before eventually turning their attention to Paris Saint-Germain's David Luiz.

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"They offered to me £30, 35, 40, 45, 50 [million]," De Laurentiis told Sky Sports News HQ. "Mr Conte I said, 'Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea director] is behind me, follow me', I offered him that. Last moment, two days before the closing of the market, I hear £58 [million] - something like that."

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Koulibaly eventually signed a new contract with Napoli that ties him to the Serie A club until 2021 but, according to De Laurentiis, that does not guarantee he will not be sold. 

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"Koulibaly I need here to make the match," De Laurentiis said. "I need to play, so I need the players. Koulibaly, this year, will remain here. Next year we will speak about."

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Asked to confirm if Chelsea made a £58m offer, De Laurentiis said: "Yes. He will never say it is true because I know Antonio. Ciao Antonio." 

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