Kalidou Koulibaly, who was also interesting Juventus, had one year left on his Napoli contract, and his signing follows the £47.5m capture of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City; the defender has penned a four-year deal at Chelsea and has joined up with the club in Las Vegas
Chelsea have completed a deal to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly for a fee in the region of £33m.
The central defender, who has 62 caps for Senegal, has signed a four-year contract worth around £160,000 per week (£8.2m a year) net plus bonuses to move to Stamford Bridge. He flew out to Las Vegas on Friday to join up with his new team-mates on their pre-season tour of USA.
Koulibaly, who was also interesting Juventus, had just one year left on his Napoli contract, and his signing follows the £47.5m capture of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.
“I’m very happy to be here with this team at Chelsea,” Koulibaly said in a statement. “It’s a big team in the world and my dream was always to play in the Premier League.
“Chelsea came first to get me in 2016 but we didn’t make it. Now when they came to me I accepted it because they really wanted me to come to the Premier League to play for them.”
The Blues lost Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen to Barcelona this summer – both on free transfers – leaving Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr as the only senior centre backs in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.