Transfer deal confirmed as Thomas Tuchel’s team take shape

Kalidou Koulibaly
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Chelsea’s move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has gone at a fast pace, as the Blues have now secured a deal for the Senegal international.

Confirming the deal on his social media page, reputable transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano wrote: “Kalidou Koulibaly to Chelsea, here we go! Full agreement in place for €40m fee add-ons completed, bid accepted. Napoli are checking the documents then it will be official. #CFC

“Koulibaly will sign long-term deal for €10m net salary per season. First centre back, signed.”

Koulibaly is now on his way to London to complete his medical.

Romano wrote on Twitter: “Kalidou Koulibaly will undergo first part of his medical as new Chelsea player on Thursday, agreement now sealed with Napoli. Koulibaly will be in London tonight. #CFC

“Contracts are being prepared, he’s gonna be the second signing after Raheem Sterling.”

Koulibaly made 27 Serie A appearances last season for a Napoli side that finished third in the table while also helping Senegal win their first-ever African Cup of Nations.

Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti has given his blessing for Koulibaly to join Chelsea.

“I prefer Koulibaly to be with us always, especially as he would be captain this season,” Spalletti said during a Q&A session with fans as quoted by Football Italia.

“If he chooses to leave, we will never stop thanking him for all the help he has given us. If he wants to choose something else, we wish him all the best, because he deserves it.

“And woe betide anyone who says otherwise to him.”