After public declaration for Kalidou Koulibaly that he wants to leave Napoli and that he will begin talking to Conte, it seemed like it’s only a matter of time before Chelsea completed the signing.
However in the recent news, looks like the deal is off with Napoli and Chelsea have shifted their focus on signing De Vrij from Lazio instead, according to Football Italia. The report revealed that a bid of £42 million from Chelsea was rejected by Napoli and the Blues are not willing to offer higher amount than that for Koulibaly. Moreover, De Vrij is expected to cost considerably lesser at £15 million and the Blues have targeted the Dutch player instead.
De Vrij spent most of the last season with an injury and it is always risky to purchase such player but the Blues’ boss Antonio Conte seems to be sure to make good use of him. He signed with Lazio in 2014 and has a contract till 2018.