In a Champions League group stage clash with Paris Saint-Germain, the Senegalese centre-back produced a commanding display that highlighted why so many big teams have been linked with his signature.
But undoubtedly his best moment in the 2-2 draw was when he went to extreme lengths to ensure his left-back was much tighter on the PSG No.7.
"No! I've had enough, you defend him!"— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 25, 2018
The struggle is real when Kylian Mbappé is facing you with a ball at his feet 😫 pic.twitter.com/qN2YUAWe1k
With the scores at 1-1 in the 75th minute, the World Cup winner had the ball on the right and Koulibaly felt as though Marco Rui was too far away from Mbappe.
Koulibaly literally shoved his teammate so that he was closer to the PSG No.7, who was then forced to concede possession.
The former Genk man has been linked with a move away from Napoli for what feels like forever but now finally looks to be leaving for a new challenge.
Widespread reports claim that Chelsea are closing in on the centre-back and have already agreed personal terms with Koulibaly.
Chelsea are prepared to submit the final, official bid for Kalidou Koulibaly: €38m plus add-ons, up to €40m package. Napoli could accept, after opening proposal worth €35m turned down. 🔵🇸🇳 #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 13, 2022
Koulibaly agreed personal terms - while Chelsea are also working on Nathan Aké. pic.twitter.com/3LSFcL5u27
According to Fabrizio Romano, a first bid of €35 million was turned down but Chelsea's second and final offer of €38 million plus add-ons hs forced Napoli's hand.
Chelsea are now closing on Kalidou Koulibaly deal! Full agreement on personal terms for €10m net per season, contract until June 2027. 🚨🔵 #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 12, 2022
Negotiation set to be completed in the coming days: Chelsea working to close the deal for €38m plus add ons as final proposal. pic.twitter.com/phS4oYhH37
Kalidou Koulibaly has accepted Chelsea as next club after new meeting with his agent yesterday in Milano. Personal terms agreed for €10m net salary per year. He's waiting for the clubs to complete the agreement. 🔵 #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 13, 2022
Chelsea sources consider this deal "just matter of time".
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— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 13, 2022
Koulibaly will sign long-term deal for €10m net salary per season. First centre back, signed. pic.twitter.com/Flr0XSN7wu
Koulibaly joined Napoli in 2014 in a £6.5 million deal and has gone to make 317 appearances as well as captain the Serie A side.
He has previously been strongly linked with Manchester City and Manchester United and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis went record to say the Senegal captain would not leave for less than £90 million.
Chelsea look like they will get their man for less than half of that sum and the deal won't affect their attempt to bring Nathan Ake back to Stamford Bridge for a fee of £45 million.
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