Kalidou Koulibaly Signs Chelsea Contract According to Fabrizio Romano

Kalidou Koulibaly

Years after their initial chase failed, Chelsea have clinched a deal for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. Fabrizio Romano claims that the player has signed a contract and that the club will make an official announcement imminently.

The Blues notably chased the signing of the man known as K2 in 2016 with massive fees being mentioned at the time for the defender. Ultimately the club had to give up on their interest and Koulibaly remained in Italy. All these years later it appears that a move is all but done for the now 31-year-old.

Kalidou Koulibaly Close to Chelsea Move

What We Know

Initial reports from Ornstein stated that talks were ongoing for a fee in the region of around £33 million, along  with a long-term contract on the table.  The Senegal defender is entering the last year of his contract with Napoli which could be encouraging the club to sell now and make money on the player instead of allowing him to leave for free next year.

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The defender has now signed personal terms and Chelsea will make an official announcement on the player soon. Koulibaly has already passed his medical.

Plan B?

This Koulibaly story has come from left field as most reports linked Chelsea with a move for Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt. While a move for the Juventus man was already a change of plans, as Jules Kounde was the primary target early in the window, it would appear that Thomas Tuchel’s side have changed plans once again.

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The big stumbling block in a move for De Ligt is the sudden interest from Bayern Munich. Munich reportedly has the edge on Chelsea in negotiations to sign the Dutch player which has potentially seen the club make a move for Koulibaly instead.