I’This announcement was made by the English club Chelsea, which did not specify the amount of the transfer of Senegalese international defender Kalidou Coulibaly to the Saudi Al-Hilal team. This is a new step for the 32-year-old, who joined the London club last summer from Napoli.
A great opportunity after a complicated stage at Chelsea…
Overall, it was a disappointing and complicated season, as the Blues finished 12-year-oldH Premier League and three different well-known coaches. Coulibaly played 32 matches in the blue shirt and led Senegal (70 international matches) as captain until the last 16 round of the World Cup in Qatar, where he scored a decisive goal in the last pool match against Ecuador.
Details of his contract with the Saudi Professional League club were not leaked, as Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves, another defector from the English Premier League, will play. However, the press reports a transfer fee of around 23 million euros for a player who bought 38 million a year ago.
Another player from Chelsea, N’Golo Kante, who signed without any contract with Al-Ittihad club, will join the Saudi championship, where Karim Benzema will also play. And they may not be the only Blues to join the lucrative Saudi league as Moroccan Hakim Ziyech, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all targeted by clubs in the kingdom.
… had to reduce its workforce after significant expenditures
Chelsea, who are desperate to downsize their squad and bring in fresh money after spending 600m euros on transfers last year, may also lose Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic, leaving for Manchester City for around 35m euros, as well as Kai Havertz, courting him. Arsenal who would be willing to pay €65m for the German striker.
The situation for England international midfielder Mason Mount, who has only a year left on his contract, is even more delicate. Manchester United made three bids, the latest of which was close to €64m, but Chelsea are still hoping for more. The Red Devils have said they are ready to explore alternatives if the Blues are stubborn, according to the British press.
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