As the excitement builds up and Chelsea continue to plough through pre-season intensively, the talk of transfers have taken a slight backseat as Manager Antonio Conte assesses his own options already at the club and fans are occupied with the tactics and new formation being used.

However, one player now appears very likely to be joining up with Chelsea in Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who is on the receiving end of an official £38 million bid from Chelsea. The latest being the 25-year old Senegal International has stalled on his contract offer from Napoli amid the Blues interest. One that could well be heating up. I’ve also heard that Everton are interested in signing Koulibaly, with John Stones looking likely to go to Manchester City, who are ironically not offering a lot more than Chelsea did last season!

Meanwhile, Beskitas are said to be interested in taking Chelsea striker Loic Remy on loan this season, with the Frenchman enduring a bit part time at Chelsea and doesn’t appear to be getting a look in this season either.

Chelsea are also close to landing the signature of highly-rated Polish goalkeeper Marcin Bulka. The 17-year old currently plays for local side Escola Varsovia – where he has been a part of the academy set-up for five years. There is also interest from Barcelona for his services.

The Blues have a backup option if Koulibaly doesn’t happen according to The Telegraph, who state that they interested in Torino defender Nikola Maksimovic. The 24-year old is a highly rated Serbian International Centre Back currently plying his trade in Serie A.

It is clear however that the four signings Conte wanted to bring initially may not be as achievable as first said of, with high player fee’s putting Chelsea off. Once again it appears they are not prepared to pay over the odds for players. Talking of odds why not try this Ladbrokes promo code?

This leaves the question, is Conte considering the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheeks, Bertrand Traore, Ola Aina, Victor Moses and co as being decent enough to bolster up the first team squad this season rather than bringing in over priced players? I for one would not be disappointed to see any of those names be part of the first team squad this term rather than making desperate signings.

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Simon Phillips – News Editor – CFCnet