As reported by The Daily Star, Chelsea have targeted Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly as the man to replace John Terry in the heart of defence at the club.
With Terry’s time at Stamford Bridge looking like it’s coming to and, given his lack of first team opportunities this season, it’s about time for Chelsea to invest heavily into the new generation of defender that can lead them to success over the next decade.
The man they want according to The Star is Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly, a 6ft 5in giant that is rapidly making a name for himself as one of the best defenders on the continent.
However, to land their man they would like need to break the club’s incoming transfer record of £49m, paid for Fernando Torres, with Koulibaly reported to be worth around £60m according to the paper.
To best illustrate the attributes Koulibaly possesses, all you need to do is take a look at the nicknames he’s earned in his career so far. One is The Wall, self-explanatory, and the other is K2, after the second highest mountain in the world.
Known for his physical presence, tackling and ability to pass his way out of defence, it’s clear that he could make a big impact at Stamford Bridge. In his third season of Serie A football, he’s improving all the time and at the age of 25 has plenty of years ahead of him at the top level.
John Terry is arguably irreplaceable in terms of influence and leadership but ability wise Koulibaly may just be the man Antonio Conte is looking for.