According to reports in Italy, Napoli have made a bid for Torino defender Nikola Maksimovic who is a key target for Chelsea.

The 24-year old Serbian international is heavily linked with Chelsea as the Blues see him as a potential successor to John Terry for the upcoming seasons. However, the defender has also attracted interest from other clubs like Napoli and West Ham United.

The Blues have considered him as an alternative if Kalidou Koulibaly’s deal collapses. However, Napoli are also looking to sign the defender as Blues have upped their interest in Koulibaly which could see the Senegal international leave the club for Stamford Bridge by the end of the current transfer window.

It is reported that Napoli have offered €25m plus bonuses, as well as a guaranteed percentage of any future transfer fee to Torino to land the defender ahead of rivals.

Meanwhile, Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has slammed the defender in an interview to La Gazello Dello Sport. The defender exit is imminent this summer and it remains to be seen where the player would end up.

“I don’t know whether Maksimovic is making a mistake of his own accord or whether he’s being ill-advised, and frankly, I don’t give a damn,” Mihajlovic told La Gazzetta Dello Sport. “He’ll pay the consequences of this behaviour. We suffered damages that will be evaluated by the club.

“His memory has some problems. I’m the one who gave him his debut with the national team, and only a few weeks ago I’d spoken clearly to him, from one Serbian to another.

“It was thanks to my intercession that the club guaranteed a raise in his salary, and a favourable situation in case of a future sale. I told him that if he followed me, then next year he’d be pursued by Europe’s top clubs.

“He assured me he was happy to stay. I based my word on that, and he vanishes like this and then expects to be sold?

“I’ve been betrayed by a man, not as a Coach. For me, the man comes before the player. But he betrayed everyone: the club, the team, the fans and the Coach.

“Now it’s the club’s move, because Maksimovic has a contract and he can’t decide his destiny all by himself. If he chooses to stay, then he’ll have to regain my faith twice: as a man, and then as a footballer.”


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