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Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly is the man who Arsenal want to come in to help address their defensive problems, according to reports.

The Italian club have put a £53 million price tag on the highly-rated defender and the Senegalese international is wanted by Arsenal.

Antonio Conte wanted to sign him for Chelsea last season but a deal wasn’t agreed, and now the Gunners will look to bring him in as they look to improve the defence and prepare for life after Arsene Wenger.

This season, Arsenal conceded 51 league goals, which is the most they have conceded since the 1983-84 season. With Per Mertesacker now retired and Laurent Koscielny out for a significant period with an Achilles injury, Arsenal need to sign at least one top quality centre-back this summer.

Koulibaly, 26, is under contract with Napoli until 2021 but the Italians are under no illusions and they know they may have a challenge to keep their star man at the club.

He has been linked with a move to Serie A rivals Juventus and his agent, Bruno Satin strongly believes he is good enough to play at the elite level.

Kalidou at Juve? He’s at a level where he could play anywhere.


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