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Deal Close – Chelsea make official £19.2m bid to complete Antonio Conte’s first summer signing

Chelsea are getting closer to wrap up a summer deal for Napoli’s central defender Kalidou Koulibaly as Antonio Conte begins his Stamford Bridge overhaul ahead of next season.

According to reports from Daily Mirror, Chelsea have tabled a £19.2million bid which may not be enough right now as the Serie A club have rejected Chelsea’s first bid and are demanding £30million for the 24-year old.

Koulibaly for his part is not making attempts to play down the transfer as he is opening speaking about his conversation with Conte before the eventual summer transfer.

According to an exclusive from MirrorKoulibaly said“I have not talked to [Antonio Conte] but that may be soon.

“The game in England could be suitable for me but I like Italy. I do not press for a transfer but I hope to sign a renewal with Napoli or we proceed to other solutions.”

Koulibaly was a defensive rock for Napoli last season as he made 42 appearances and was a key figure in their title push. Conte is keen to bring him to Chelsea as he looks to field a 3-5-2 system.

Chelsea are also in talks to sign Leonardo Bonucci to further strengthen their defense. With John Terry’s growing age and Gary Cahill’s dip in form, Conte wants three able defenders at the back and sees Koulibaly and Bonucci as the ideal options.