File picture of Kalidou Koulibaly© AFP
Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly turned the most recent star title to move to Saudi Arabia on Sunday as he joined Al-Hilal from Chelsea, the Premier League membership confirmed. Koulibaly joined the Blues simply final 12 months from Napoli for a reported 163;33 million kilos ($42 million). Nonetheless, the 32-year-old struggled within the Premier League as Chelsea completed twelfth — their lowest league end since 1994.
“Kalidou Koulibaly has left Chelsea after finishing a everlasting switch to Saudi Skilled League aspect Al-Hilal,” Chelsea stated in an announcement.
“We want to thank Kalidou for his contributions on and off the pitch throughout his time at Stamford Bridge and want him effectively for the following stage of his profession.”
Backed by the nation’s sovereign wealth fund, the Saudi Professional League is luring huge names from the key European leagues with the promise of giant salaries.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Al Nassr in January began the development.
His former Actual Madrid teammate Karim Benzema and French World Cup winner N’Golo Kante of Chelsea have lately joined Al-Ittihad.
Chelsea could possibly be set to additional revenue from the Saudi funding.
Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is reportedly near becoming a member of Al Ahli, whereas Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech is getting ready to a transfer to Al Nassr.
The English membership must promote gamers earlier than the tip of the month to try to adjust to monetary truthful play laws after spending over 163;500 million kilos on new signings over the previous 12 months.