Chelsea Closing In On First Transfer Of The Summer From Serie A


Once he is finally appointed as Chelsea manager, which could be as quickly as this week, reports in the Telegraph claim that he could launch a raid on Napoli as he looks to rebuild the Blues squad that missed out on Champions League qualification last season after finishing fifth.

And the 27-year-old defender, Koulibaly, believes that Chelsea will be able to enjoy some excellent football under Sarri who made Napoli one of the most attractive sides in Serie A last season.

Both men will cost Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Sarri is already said to be considering new acquisitions.

Kalidou Koulibaly, the Senegal and Napoli defender, has effectively confirmed that Maurizio Sarri will be Chelsea manager after delivering a ringing endorsement of his work in Naples.

Giovanni Martusciello - who he worked with at Empoli - will be lured away from Inter Milan whilst former Chelsea favourite Gianfranco Zola, whose managerial career has not been a success, will also be part of the coaching staff.

"You can expect nice football because he's a very good coach".

"It's disappointing that he leaves like this".

"I can only speak on behalf of my client and reaffirm that there has not yet been any meeting with the Chelsea management".

Chelsea and Villarreal are reportedly set to go head-to-head in the race to sign Napoli centre-back Raul Albiol.

There have also been reports that several senior players are unhappy with his demanding training regime.

Golovin has been with CSKA his entire professional career after progressing through their youth ranks and has developed in to one of the best players in Russian football since breaking in to the first team set-up three years ago.

In other news, Uruguay midfielder Matias Vecino and Napoli forward Jose Maria Callejon have been identified as Sarri's top transfer targets.