Mikael Silvestre: Koulibaly To Boost Chelsea

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Mikael Silvestre believes the acquisition of “top class” defender Kalidou Koulibaly can help Chelsea challenge for the Premier League title. 

The Blues finished a distant third in 2021-22, 19 points behind eventual champions Manchester City and 18 adrift of second-placed Liverpool.

Manager Thomas Tuchel has seen his defensive ranks depleted this summer, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leaving on free transfers to join Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively – with Cesar Azpilicueta tipped to follow suit. 

However, the West London outfit have secured the signature of Koulibaly from Napoli – and former Premier League centre-back Silvestre feels the Senegal international’s arrival can help his new side close the gap on their rivals.


Top Class Signing

Speaking exclusively to Lord Ping, he said: “It [Koulibaly] is a good signing for Chelsea. He’s top class.

“He’s going to bring power and, when you [have lost] Rudiger and Christensen, I don’t think there were a lot of better options than him [on the market] as he has balance, consistency and he could help them challenge for the title.”

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Sterling Replaces Lukaku

Last summer’s record signing Romelu Lukaku has also left the club in this window, returning to Inter Milan on a loan deal after a disappointing second spell with the Blues.

Chelsea have moved to replace the Belgian by acquiring star forward Raheem Sterling from Manchester City – and will look to the Englishman to spearhead their attack as Tuchel targets domestic honours, having already won the Champions League in his time at Stamford Bridge.


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