Arsenal keeping tabs on 26-year-old Serie A star ahead of Summer move

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Arsenal have reportedly joined Chelsea in the race for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, according to the reports from Britain.

Arsene Wenger’s side are known to be in the market for defensive reinforcements after they failed to recruit West Brom to defend Jonny Evans during the January transfer window, while they have also been credited with an interest in Man Utd wantaway star Chris Smalling.

Calciomercato reports that Arsenal are now ready to splash the money and lure Senegalese international defender at Emirates Stadium, though they will face competition from their Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Antonio Conte has been a huge admirer of Koulibaly and tried to sign him in the last two transfer window.

Arsenal are now expected to monitor his progress for the remainder of the campaign before deciding whether to make a big money move for the Senegalese international defender.

The 26-year-old defender has been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past and is likely to command a fee in excess of £40m, with that asking price expected to rise by the time the transfer window will be re-opened in the summer.

Koulibaly has played 32 games for the Serie A giants so far this campaign, helping Napoli to boast the joint-best defensive record in Italy and keep fight for the title.