Report: Chelsea now tempted to offer long-term contract to £183k-a-week player to get him to sign for them
Chelsea are reportedly tempted to offer Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly a long-term contract to convince him into a Stamford Bridge transfer.
According to The Athletic, the Blues are in discussions over a deal to sign the 31-year-old star.
It is understood there are ongoing talks about a €40million (£34million) transfer to West London, with the carrot of a long-term contract set to be included in the offer.
The report adds an agreement is now “close” between the two clubs.
Chelsea to offer Koulibaly long-term contract
Koulibaly, who earns £183,000-a-week, has been a talisman in the Napoli defence for several years.
He’s a powerhouse centre-back with great experience in Serie A and European football, as well as on the international stage with his country Senegal. Incidentally, he helped win the Africa Cup of Nations earlier in 2022 alongside international teammate Edouard Mendy from Chelsea.
It’s obvious Thomas Tuchel’s Blues need reinforcements in the heart of defence and Napoli’s centre-half may be ideal.
There’s a huge job waiting for someone to fill the void left by Antonio Rudiger in defence, but Koulibaly is an experienced leader that could be a like-for-like replacement.
Demba Ba recently said he thinks the Napoli star can be a great fit at Chelsea, too.
Chelsea overall record of 33 goals conceded in 38 league games last season highlights how solid they’ve become defensively, especially since there were some dodgy results during the back end of the year.
The challenge is for a new-look Blues defence to maintain these standards.