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Chelsea return with even more massive bid for Napoli center back — report

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couple days ago, rumors from Italy claimed that Chelsea were looking to make a €40m bid for Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly.  We have now reportedly made that bid, €37m plus €3m in bonuses, to be more precise.  Previous rumors claimed that an annual salary of €4m (~£65k per week) is on the table as well for the player.

This is Chelsea's second or perhaps even third bid now for the 25-year-old center back, with Napoli rejecting all previous approaches.  (Despite reports of Chelsea "winning the race".  Thanks for nothing, Daily Mirror.)

Napoli's president, Aurelio Di Laurentiis has recently told local radio that he expects Koulibaly to see out his contract, and maybe, if he happens to be in a good mood, maybe he might consider Koulibaly's request of an improved contract, which is what has kicked off all this speculation.  Earlier, Di Laurentiis threatened to sue Chelsea should we make an official (or unofficial) approach.

As with out previous dealings with ADL, nothing in this case will be easy or uncomplicated.  With ADL it's never just a series of bids; there's always drama.  But €40m is a hefty sum of money for a supposedly unhappy player.  Surely... no?

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