Kalidou Koulibaly rejected £51m to complete Chelsea transfer

Kalidou Koulibaly dreamt of moving to the Premier League.

The Senegalese defender was offered £195,000-a-week deal by Napoli to extend his stay at the Serie A club.

He is undoubtedly one of the strongest defenders in Europe right now and possesses natural leadership qualities.

But he decided to join Chelsea on a four-year deal that would earn him a reported £162,000-a-week.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claims they offered Koulibaly a better contract but the 31-year-old defender was reluctant to leave.

De Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli: “I let Koulibaly go because he told me he still has a few years of playing ahead of him.

“I replied that he couldn’t go to Barcelona because Barcelona don’t have the money, they are in trouble.

“Then Chelsea came forward, to which we could not say no. With Koulibaly for about a month and a half I insisted, also offering him £5.5million net for five seasons, about £51m gross.

“But if a player wants to go for another experience, at a prestigious club like Chelsea, in a top league like the Premier League, one must also be grateful and cannot hide behind a no.”


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