Chelsea are reportedly considering selling defender Kalidou Koulibaly this summer amidst interest from Juventus. The veteran centre-back moved to Stamford Bridge last summer but has already been branded a flop by many Chelsea fans, prompting the club to consider their options. La Gazzetta dello Sport reported last week that the Bianconeri were considering making an offer, with coach Max Allegri keen on bringing the player in Turin.
Calciomercato journalist Daniele Longo reports that Allegri has personally made the request to Juve management, given that Koulibaly is a left-sided centre-back and could play alongside Brazilian defender Bremer, who could move back to his preferred position in a back three. Allegri is reportedly looking to find an ‘established’ player, and the Bianconeri management are also keen to try and sign the 31-year-old.
The stumbling block will be the players €10m a season wages, which would be deemed too high for Juventus at present, however Chelsea’s American owners are keen to sell the player immediately.
Calciomercato suggest Juve and Chelsea could enter into talks soon, with the Old Lady prepared to offer a loan deal, possibly with an option to sign the player outright the following summer. The report also outlines how last summer, it was Koulibaly’s agent Fali Ramadani who wanted the player to join Juve but the defender wanted to move to Chelsea.
Ramadani is now reportedly trying to find a solution for Koulibaly, with Juve potentially prepared to pay half his salary demands, with talks yet to take off between the parties.