It's unclear just how serious Chelsea's interest is in Kalidou Koulibaly, but if we are sniffing around and testing the waters, we might be in for some escalating drama here very soon. With Aurelio De Laurentiis involved, that's perhaps not surprising.
After comments earlier this week from Koulibaly about how he hasn't heard anything from Napoli regarding the new and improved contract he wants, the Napoli president went on Italian TV to deliver a message loud and clear.
"Koulibaly has a three-year contract and will not move from Napoli."
-Aurelio De Laurentiis; source: Inside Futbol
Whether he meant that in a friendly or a more threatening way, I'm not sure, though my money's on the latter, given ADL's previous transfer dealings.
UPDATE: he definitely meant it in a negative way. Here's the full quote:
"The player has 3 more years left on his contract and will not move from here, and will pay a hefty fine. I'm not angry so much with him, but I amazed because I think the guy is above average."
"I did not think that he betrayed the contract on image rights. I had calls from twenty sponsors who were signing with us and have pulled back because the image Koulibaly has put out, and lost credibility. All of this will fall on the player, poor fellow. He probably will have to pay a few million euros to Napoli in the coming years."
-Aurelio De Laurentiis; source: Sky via Sport Witness
Where this leaves Chelsea, I don't know, but I doubt it's good news. Koulibaly may be unhappy, but Napoli are standing firm. They've already increased their transfer fee demands from €20m to €30m to €40m even before this latest incident and if they're set to punish and keep the player in line, we could be barking up the wrong tree altogether.