Chelsea continues to make a splash in the transfer market this time by signing Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli in a €40 million deal.
The Senegal captain becomes Todd Boehly’s second signing of a new era after Raheem Sterling.
There was a growing need for a new center-back at the club with the departures of Antonio Rüdiger to Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen to Barcelona on free.
The 31-year-old defender reportedly completed his medical in London and will head out to join new teammates in America for pre-season training with Chelsea now turning their attention toward signing Manchester City defender Nathan Aké while also being linked with a move for Presnel Kimpembe from PSG.
Koulibaly, the four-time Serie A Team of the Year defender, has been at the center of transfer rumors over the last three summers due to his stellar performances for Napoli.
Over the last year, he helped lead Senegal to its first African Cup of Nations title, helped the nation clinch a World Cup berth, and was part of a Napoli side that secured its return to the Champions League with a third-place finish in Serie A.
The addition of Kalidou Koulibaly to Chelsea could mean the end of the road for either César Azpilicueta or Marcos Alonso who have been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge.
With the additions of new blood on both ends of the pitch, Chelsea will hope to dethrone Manchester City and Liverpool from their perch as the best teams in the Premier League.