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The Napoli firesale that will alert Chelsea ahead of January transfer window

The coronavirus crisis has impacted all aspects of life in 2020, and football clubs are no exception. Having to play games behind closed doors has resulted in a massive loss of match day income to all teams, and the financial effects could be devastating.

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have already announced annual losses, and they won’t be alone in doing so.

However, those clubs don’t appear to have problems as grave as those which are currently facing Napoli. Gennaro Gattuso’s side are sixth in Serie A after eight rounds of matches, which is remarkably good form when you consider that the players reportedly haven’t been paid since July.

That’s according to Ciro Venerato, who was speaking to Radio Goal on Kiss Kiss Napoli (which was later reported by areanapoli.it ). If this is true, and there is to be a fire sale in Naples, then there are certainly players who could be available who might be of interest to Chelsea.

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Kalidou Koulibaly

Let’s be honest, if Kalidou Koulibaly is sold then it won’t just be the Blues who would be interested, but probably every top club across the continent.

The 29-year-old is widely regarded as one of the top centre-backs in the world, probably second only to Virgil van Dijk, and would shore up any backline in need of improvements.

Chelsea have improved defensively since Thiago Silva joined from Paris Saint-Germain, and while the 36-year-old may extend his one year contract, he won’t be around forever.

Koulibaly could become the Blues’ new defensive lynchpin for a long term basis, and the Senegal international would be sure to be a hit in the Premier League.

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