Chelsea target is not distracted by transfer reports

The player has been heavily linked with a move to the Blues

Chelsea are expected to overhaul their side this summer after an underwhelming Premier League and Champions League campaigns last season. They finished 5th in the league and will miss the Champions League in the upcoming season.

Though Blues ended the campaign on a bright note after defeating Manchester United in the FA Cup final but they are keen to add reinforcements in key areas in order to strengthen the squad for next season.

One of their top priorities is to bolster their defense in the transfer window as their backline struggled the most last term and have been linked to host of defenders.

Chelsea have been interested in signing Serie A defender Kalidou Koulibaly for a long time. He held negotiations with the club two years ago but a deal never took place. Former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri has been tipped to replace Antonio Conte ahead of the next season and there has been speculations that he could bring his former player along with him.

The Senegal International joined Ciucciarelli from Belgian side KRC Genk in the summer of 2014 for £7 million. He has made more than 160 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals in all competitions.

The 26 year old has been a key part for the club over the past three years, winning admirers all over Europe and establishing himself as one of the best centre-backs in the world. Since the 59 year old took charge of the Partenopei, he has improved almost beyond recognition, especially from a technical point of view.

The centre-back was one of the standout players for the Italian side last season, appearing 43 times in all competitions and helped them to finish 2nd in the league.

The Serie A giants value him around €100 million and the Premier League giants are reportedly preparing a club record bid for him.

But Koulibaly is not letting talk regarding his future affect his preparations for Senegal’s crucial Group H meeting against Colombia in Samara on Thursday.

“€100m, if you tell my parents this figure I think they’ll have a good laugh!” he told as quoted by Goal.

“This price is what the market dictates, I don’t think about it, I just try and do my best on the pitch.

“I don’t think for a minute about my future because we’ve worked for three years to be here and if something may confuse me during the World Cup I will leave it aside because I want to be 100 per cent focused on the World Cup.

“We’ve worked a great deal, we’re very committed and we want to be in the last 16. As for the rest, we’ll see later and all my team-mates should trust me and each other so I don’t give a minute to my future right now.”

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