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Napoli president repeats claims of desperate Chelsea’s final massive offer for Koulibaly

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One gets the sense that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is enjoying this one.

He may have lost Gonzalo Higuain this summer (though he was more than handsomely rewarded by Juventus), but he gets to thumb his nose at the likes of Chelsea over Kalidou Koulibaly. Plus, they’re sitting in second in the Serie A at the start of October. Life’s good in Naples.

Immediately after the summer transfer window slammed shut on September 1, De Laurentiis revealed to local radio that Chelsea had failed with a bid of over €50m for Koulibaly. Now, a month later, the Napoli president is back at it, gleefully rubbing fresh quotes in our faces.

"My friend [Antonio] Conte will say it is not true but Chelsea offered me, in the last few days of the window, €58 million [£50m] for Koulibaly. I explained to them that this year I could not sell him, but we will see next year."

-Aurelio De Laurentiis; Source: The Independent

Chelsea’s pursuit of the 25-year-old center back took up most of our summer, leaving just barely enough time at the end to get the David Luiz deal done.

For what it’s worth, Koulibaly's agent Bruno Satin isn’t altogether convinced by the conniving De Laurentiis, believing that it could just be a further strategic manuevering by the real life Bond villain.

"Chelsea have offered €58 million for Koulibaly? Says De Laurentiis, we can believe him or not. It could also be a form of advertising in order to make everyone understand that if they want to take him next year [this] is more or less the figure. I understand that there has been an interest from Chelsea, but negotiations are between the clubs."

"Kalidou could stay in Naples even for life, in football you never know. Koulibaly feels good in Naples, the people love him, he likes his teammates and there is no problem."

-Bruno Satin; Source: Tuttosport

Considering the current state of the transfer market, such figures seem to have become the new norm, especially for English clubs. With Chelsea now apparently ready to offer more than £60 million for a world-class defender in Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci, we can rest assured that the amounts involved in the transfer market will only get more ludicrous as time goes by.