Several Premier League clubs could avoid a summer pursuit of Kalidou Koulibaly because he will offer them little resale value as he approaches his 29th birthday.
The Napoli stalwart looks set to end his six-year spell at the club in the summer as they look likely to miss out on qualification into European competition.
Despite the departure of Carlo Ancelotti, results have not improved which has pushed the Senegal international closer to a move, but his age could rule out a Premier League switch.
Sky Sports have now reported that PSG could be the most likely destination for Koulibaly, with Thomas Tuchel’s side willing to double his wages to £200,000 a week.
The report adds that Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis will not let any of his players leave unless he gets the favourable deal, but their previous valuation of £100m is off the mark.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was open about his disappointment in the club’s failure to strengthen in January, with news recently emerging that he could have a huge kitty to spend in the summer.
When asked if he was worried about the strength of his competition, he said: “Yes. The reality of the fact that we’ve not done business here, for whatever reason.
“That’s the transfer window, but if I’m looking at it with my business head on and looking around us in the table, Manchester United obviously have signed a big, world-class player in my opinion.
“And the teams around us, Sheffield United have made some fantastic signings, Chris Wilder’s job is incredible because he’s had years to work with that group and now they are adding where they see that they need to.
“Tottenham have signed a few, and again, they are not far behind us.
“And not only have they signed a few but a couple of players have left, not being too crude about it, but they were coming towards the end of their contracts and weren’t happy being at the club anymore.
“And that’s sometimes as important as bringing players in, that you can change the feeling of the group, if players are not willing to be there.
“So I think that’s smart business on that part, and now what remains to be seen will be seen.
“From my view, and this is not to talk ourselves down, because we’re six points clear in fourth, now we become probably the underdogs and the outsiders to some point, because teams have strengthened around us. It’s a fact.”
Manchester City could also add another defender having struggled in the absence of the departed Vincent Kompany and injured Aymeric Laporte earlier in the campaign.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho may have been boosted by Toby Alderweireld’s decision to sign a new deal, but he could try to sign Koulibaly with Jan Vertonghen’s recent form coming into question.