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NAPLES, ITALY - MAY 20: Player of SSC Napoli Kalidou Koulibaly celebrates after scoring the 1-0 goal, beside the disappointment of Ciprian Tatarusanu player of ACF Fiorentina during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio San Paolo on May 20, 2017 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

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Chelsea have reportedly offered Napoli £53 million to sign defender Kalidou Koulibaly this summer after failing with their first attempt to recruit the centre-back last year. 

The Blues failed with a series of bids to lure the Senegal international in 2016, but Italian website Tuttomercatoweb (h/t Telegraph) reported the Premier League champions have come back with a renewed bid this summer.

Napoli didn’t want to lose Koulibaly last summer and “are ready to play hardball” over his signature once again, although the player’s agent is quoted as telling Mondo Napoli: “Koulibaly? The transfer market is long as it will be open until August 31, something might happen before then. Chelsea? They are a world-class team that many players would like to join but I don’t want to talk about this now.”

     

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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