Premier League giants Chelsea have been involved in the signing of Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly, 31, from Italian side Napoli as the Londoners pull out their checkbooks again as they continue to emerge from the Roman era Abramovich.
A fast and powerful centre-back, Koulibaly was signed by the Serie A side to bolster the defensive ranks of Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel after losing the services of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, crucial bcogs who have joined Spanish sides Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. on free transfers in recent weeks.
He signed a four-year deal, with the transfer fee standing at £32m ($38m).
“I am very happy to be here with this team at Chelsea.,“ Koulibaly said after signing his contract with the Blues.
“They’re a great team in the world and my dream has always been to play in the Premier League. Chelsea came first to get me in 2016 but we didn’t get there. Now when they came to me , I accepted it because they really wanted me to come to the Premier League to play for them.
“When I spoke to my good friends Edou [Mendy] and Jorginho they made my choice easier.“
Koulibaly represents a significant transfer move for Todd Boehly’s new regime at Stamford Bridge.
The American businessman, who is co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, took over from former owner Roman Abramovich in the boardroom at Chelsea after the Russian billionaire opted to place the club on the open market soon after the launch of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. .
Abramovich was subsequently sanctioned by the British government which sought to restrict the club’s ability to carry out day-to-day business.
But with those sanctions now lifted under the club’s new owner, Boehly moved quickly to provide Tuchel with the necessary reinforcements to help bridge the gap between Chelsea and Premier League champions Manchester City, as well as rampant side Liverpool. by Jürgen Klopp.
Koulibaly’s transfer comes shortly after Chelsea also confirmed the deal to sign England international Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.
“Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the world’s elite defenders and we are delighted to welcome him to Chelsea.,“ Boehly announced this in a press release.
“A great leader and exemplary team player, Kalidou brings a wealth of experience and attributes that will benefit our team and the club as a whole.”
Koulibaly made 317 appearances in eight seasons for Napoli, winning a Coppa Italia and a Supercoppa Italia during his time in Italy. He was also named in the Serie A Team of the Year four times, as well as being crowned Serie A’s best defender in the 2018-19 season.
He also earned 62 caps for the Senegal national team and led them to victory in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
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