The 29-year-old has never played domestic cricket overseas though a number of top India players have spent time in England including Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin.
During the last tour to England in 2014, Kohli failed to get even a single half century in the Test series.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli represent the nation in 66 test match and go on to score 5554 runs for his side. "There were talks with Surrey and Essex", a senior BCCI official told PTI. Kohli, who will turn out for Surrey in June and play his home games at the historic Kia Oval in London will be the first Indian to join their roster. I wouldn't like to add anything more to it.
Should Kohli and India have a re-think, however, the likelihood is Surrey may consider making a new bid for his services - with three championship fixtures in June perhaps on the agenda.
The likes of Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane are also expected to prop up their preparations.
The five-Test series that starts at Edgbaston on 1 August is what sits firmly in Kohli's sights, of course, with success against the red Duke ball in England the one glaring gap his otherwise stellar cricketing CV. The BCCI has allowed him to fully focus on the England Test series along with Cheteshwar Pujara (Yorkshire), Ravichandran Ashwin (Warwickshire) and Ishant Sharma (Sussex).
Talking about Virat's decision, veteran Indian cricketer VVS Laxman said, "Virat Kohli 's decision to play County cricket before the England series shows his drive and commitment to achieve excellence".