CHELSEA have confirmed the signing of centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for £34million.
The 31-year-old has agreed a contract at Stamford Bridge until 2026 after ending his eight-year tenure with the Serie A team.
Senegalese star Koulibaly has now arrived in Las Vegas where he has joined his new teammates for their pre-season tour of America.
He is the West London side’s second major signing this summer, following the acquisition of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.
The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations winners are believed to be making around £162,000 a week while at Chelsea.
Speaking to Chelsea’s website, Koulibaly revealed that fellow countryman Edouard Mendy and former Napoli pal Jorginho played a big part in persuading him to join.
He said: “I’m very happy to be here with this team at Chelsea.
“It’s a big team in the world and my dream has always been to play in the Premier League.
“Chelsea got me first 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.
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“When I spoke to my good friends Edou and Jorginho, they made my choice easier, so I’m really happy to be with you guys today.
“I want to thank the fans because I saw a lot of them in London and on the plane everyone was happy that I was here.
“So I want to thank them and I hope the season will be really good and we’ll give the fans some good moments.”
New owner Todd Boehly added: “Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the world’s best defenders and we’re delighted to welcome him to Chelsea.
“A great leader and exemplary team player, Kalidou brings a wealth of experience and qualities that will benefit our team and the club as a whole.”
Kalidou Koulibaly seals £34m Chelsea transfer reveals Edouard Mendy and Jorginho convinced him to sign 4-year deal