Kalidou Koulibaly will not have stayed very long in England with the London formation of Chelsea. Only one short season and then leaves for the solid defender trained at the club of his hometown of Saint-Dié then at FC Metz. After a stint in Belgium, on the side of KRC Genk, the Senegalese international (70 caps) really exploded in Italy with Napoli. But after 8 seasons in Campania, the 32-year-old decided to make the leap to the Premier League last summer.
Unfortunately, if the Partenopei have had a historic season, the Blues have had a very complicated 2022-2023 financial year, finishing in 12th place in the English championship despite colossal investments injected by the new owners of Chelsea. The English club will therefore not participate in the next edition of the Champions League and several players will leave the ship during this summer transfer window and after the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino, the management of the London club has decided to do a major cleaning in view of next season.
Saudi Arabia still targets several Chelsea players
After the departure of N’Golo Kanté, as a free agent, for Al Ittihad, Kalidou Koulibaly also officially signed up with a club in Saudi Arabia. Still under contract until June 2026, the central defender joined the club from Al Hilal. As we revealed to you this Sunday, the Senegalese landed in the Middle East in the last few hours before carrying out his medical examination with his future club and then settling the final contours of his arrival. A resounding new transfer which therefore materializes and strengthens the Saudi Pro League.
Saudi Arabia crystallizes the passions this summer. Karim Benzema then N’Golo Kanté and now Kalidou Koulibaly. And that’s not all since the Saudi clubs have targeted several other players. At Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy have exit doors towards Al Nassr and Al Ahli as we explained to you recently. Finally, in terms of arrivals, the Blues can in any case console themselves with the arrival of Christopher Nkunku. Summer promises to be hot in London!
— نادي الهلال السعودي (@Alhilal_FC) June 25, 2023