Another Premier League side were interested in him
Chelsea are expected to overhaul their side this summer after an underwhelming Premier League and Champions League campaign last season. They finished 5th in the league and will miss the Champions League in the upcoming season.
The Blues appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager after sacking Antonio Conte and also completed the signing of midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, the club’s first summer signing.
They have been behind in the transfer window in comparison to other Premiere League clubs but with their managerial situation sorted, they are keen add more players before the transfer window closes.
It was reported that Sarri could further his former club as he was interested in bringing few players. One of them was Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been a long time target for the Premier League giants.
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.
But the English side have been put off by the Serie A giants asking price of £80 million. They are unwilling to lose their prized asset after losing Jorginho.
Chelsea and Manchester United will need to look elsewhere for a new centre-half after seeing Kalidou Koulibaly commit to a new five-year contract at Napoli reports the Goal.