Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit for highly-rated Senegal international Centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, according to report from The Daily Express.

Manager Antonio Conte has long been an admirer of the ace and he tried landing him in the summer transfer window, but his attempt failed. The Blues manager was linked with a move with the ace but the Chelsea failed to agree to Napoli’s £60million ask price for the defender, so it remains to be seen if a move to Stamford Bridge will materialise, Arsenal were also linked with a move to sign Koulibaly but a deal was never finalised.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has opened the door for Koulibaly to complete a move to join the Stamford Bridge outfit, claiming he won’t stand in the way of any deal if he wants to leave this summer.

He said as quoted by Gazzetta dello Sport

“If there’s a new offer from Chelsea for Koulibaly?  It will depend on the player’s will, because if he doesn’t want to stay then he can leave. It would make me happy to come and play here, but now I have to go to Napoli. In the future you never know. Now I concentrate on my club and we will see next season what I have to do. I think I will stay in Napoli but you never know. I can’t talk about it now. We will see…”

The Senegalese international is yet to rule out a move to the Premier League but confirm he will be making a decision on where his future lies at the end of the season.