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update: Former Chelsea target who declined a move to Chelsea five years ago now wants to replace Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea had previously been connected with a bid for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, but the deal fell through.

Koulibaly was a top target for Chelsea while Antonio Conte was in charge, but the transfer fell through.

Kalidou Koulibaly’s agency is allegedly targeting a contract with either Chelsea or Barcelona now that he is 30 years old.

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According to Area Napoli, Koulibaly is looking for a new challenge in a foreign league, and his agent has reached out to Chelsea and Barcelona.

Koulibaly’s contract expires in little over a year, and Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis, who had previously opposed a transfer and had turned down a £60 million deal from Chelsea, is now open to a €35 million (£29.58 million) offer for the center-back who has spent eight years in Naples.

Chelsea would need to acquire two centre-backs this summer to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, who are both leaving.

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