Premier League side Chelsea on Tuesday evening pulled a sensational move for Napoli and Senegal’s centreback Kalidou Koulibaly for a reported £38m (€40m).
The towering central defender is now expected to head with the Blues for their pre season tour of the United States.
The move for Koulibaly who has been nominated in the final list of 10 players ahead of the July 21 CAF awards ceremony in Rabat is expected to be a five-year contract.
The defender has just one year left on his contract and could be replaced by Lazio’s Francesco Acerbi who Napoli hopes to acquire for £5m.
Juventus who are set to lose Mattij de Ligt were also linked with Koulibaly as a potential incoming for the Dutch international who is heading to Bayern Munich.
Sporting press in the UK report on Tuesday that Juventus’ need to replace the departing de Ligt accelerated Chelsea’s negotiations with Napoli for Koulibaly who was offered an ambassadorial position at the Naples club after his retirement.