Kalidou Koulibaly, 31, is one of the most decorated and skilled defender in modern football, especially in Serie A, who recently won the African Cup with Senegal earlier this year.
Koulibaly’s consistent performance and defensive prowess made him a reliable defender when the London Club – Chelsea lost few defenders on this summer’s transfer market.
After Chelsea finalized Raheem Sterling’s transfer earlier this week, Kalidou Koulibaly transfer news was eminent as the Blues needed stronger players on their defense department.
Koulibaly to Chelsea FC is done deal!
Fabrizio Romano, the famous soccer journalist also verified that Chelsea successfully signed the Senegalese defender by saying, “…and Koulibaly just posted his final farewell message to Napoli fans. The official statement is ready after deal signed between clubs and on player side too.”
…and Koulibaly just posted his final farewell message to Napoli fans. The official statement is ready after deal signed between clubs and on player side too. 🔵🤝 #CFC
Koulibaly signed in the morning: four year deal includes an option for further season. https://t.co/ZeAhepatct
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 15, 2022
How Kalidou Koulibaly reacted following his move to Chelsea?
Kalidou Koulibaly claimed that his £33.8 million move to Chelsea is the realization of a dream and he expressed that this transfer is a dream come true for him.
After an eight-year stunning spell at Italian side Napoli, where he had previously been Jorginho’s colleague, Koulibaly is moving to Stamford Bridge this summer and during his time with the Serie A team, the defender made more than 300 appearances and rose to become one of the team’s captains.
Following the exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, the Blues have finally started to restock their backline with the addition of the Senegal international from Napoli on a four-year deal.
Koulibaly’s move away from Napoli came to the spotlight after the big European clubs like Chelsea, Bayern and Juventus all prepared to strengthen their squad defensively during the ongoing transfer saga.
Dharmesh Sheth, a famous Sky Sports News reporter claimed that Koulibaly is a kind of defensive player who would fit easily in the squad of Chelsea and would definitely play a key role for the Blues in next season.