Chelsea have officially signed Senegalese centre-back Papy Djilobodji on a four-year deal, Ligue 1 side Nantes have confirmed.
Reports earlier today saw it rumoured that the Blues had completed the capture of the 26-year-old late last night, though until Nantes released their own information today many sources were unsure as to the credibility of the speculation.
Indeed any hearsay has been well and truly put to bed by the fact that the French outfit confirmed Djilobodji’s transfer both on their official site and via the club’s Twitter channel.
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It’s believed the Blues paid just £2.7million for the defender, and he’ll now act as cover for the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma, whilst also providing competition for the first-team berths in the heart of Jose Mourinho’s back-line.
Good business from Mourinho?
The transfer, which surprised many with its efficiency from start to finish, comes as a result of Chelsea failing to secure a move for Everton’s John Stones, with the Toffees playing hardball over his possible exit.
Given the Blues’ uncertain start to the campaign it’s fair to assume Mourinho is looking to wipe out any deficiencies in his squad with late deadline day deals, though it remains to be seen whether or not any more transfers will follow Djilobodji’s.
Chelsea fans, do you think his capture represents good business for your club? Let us know in the comments box below.