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Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is prepared to snub a move to Arsenal in favor of a switch to London rivals, Chelsea.
The Senegalese international is pushing for a move away from Napoli after falling out with the club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis but the Italian club are adamant he won’t be sold this summer.
The player has been unable to reach an agreement with Napoli on a new contract and has told the club of his desire to move to the Premier League.
Arsenal who are in search of defensive reinforcements were believed to be interested in the defender but have been made aware that the player prefers a move to Chelsea.
According to Goal, Koulibaly hasn’t entirely ruled out a switch to Arsenal but has made Chelsea his first choice option.
The defender is hopeful he would be able to secure a move to England before transfer deadline day but hasn’t ruled out the possibility of staying at Napoli.
However, the defender’s options are getting slimmer by the day as Wenger has already turned his attention to Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi and is expected to sign the German by next week. A deal for Mustafi will definitely end the Gunners’ interest in Koulibaly.
Everton were another club also rumoured to be interested in the Senegalese but the Merseysiders have already signed Swansea’s Ashley Williams.
Chelsea appear to be the only realistic destination for the defender at the moment as the Stamford Bridge club are still working hard to agree a fee with Napoli for his services.