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Chelsea 'win £30m race to sign defender Kalidou Koulibaly'

A report claims that Chelsea are close to announcing the capture of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who was also a rumoured target for Manchester United and Arsenal.

Chelsea have beaten a string of clubs to the signing of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to a report.

The Senegal international is expected to depart the Stadio San Paolo this summer after talks over a new contract with the Serie A outfit reached a dead end.

News of Koulibaly's likely departure saw a number of teams, including Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal, linked with a move for the highly-rated centre-back.

It has been suggested by The Mirror that Chelsea are the side to have got to the player's signature first, though, with official confirmation to be made once a severance package with Napoli is agreed.

Koulibaly joined the Partenopei from Genk in 2014, making 42 appearances for the club last season in all competitions.

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Legia's Tomasz Jodlowiec (R), Michal Pazdan(L), Jakub Rzezniczak (2nd L) vie for the ball with Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly during the UEFA Europa League first-leg Group D football match Legia Warszawa v SSC Napoli in Warsaw, Poland on October 1, 2015
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