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Chelsea near Koulibaly deal

Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal with Napoli to sign Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly as they look to rebuild their defence for next season, according to Sky in Italy.

The deal is expected to be closed on Wednesday for a fee of between £32m (€38m) and £33.7m (€40m).

The central defender, who has 62 caps for Senegal, is also expected to be offered a five-year contract worth around £160,000 per week (£8.2m a year) net plus bonuses to move to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues lost Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen to Barcelona this summer - both on free transfers - leaving Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr as the only senior centre-backs in Thomas Tuchel's squad.

Koulibaly, 31, has made over 300 appearances for the Serie A club since joining from Belgian side Genk eight years ago, being named in the Serie A team of the year on four occasions, as well as being named the best defender in Italy in 2019.

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