Chelsea Football Club have announced the signing of Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji for a fee believed to be in the region of £2.7million.
The 26-year-old centre-back has signed a four-year contract in West London as Blues boss Jose Mourinho’s planned shakeup of his squad begins to take shape.
The Senegalese international had become a key figure for the Ligue 1 side since signing for the French club in 2009, and his performances inspired Nantes to secure promotion to the French top flight two seasons ago.
Speaking to the clubs website Papy Djilobodji said: ‘I’m very happy to sign for a big club like Chelsea and I want to do my best to help the team win titles. I want to thank the club for giving me this opportunity.’
It is understood that the signing of Papy Djilobodji was sanctioned after the club gave up its pursuit of Everton defender John Stones following three unsuccessful bids from the Premier League champions.
It has also been rumoured that Chelsea will look to add another defender to their squad before this afternoon’s transfer deadline with highly rated Reading centre back Michael Hector reported to be close to signing for the Blues (read earlier story here).
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