Summer Transfer Window: Former Chelsea Player Salomon Kalou Joins Lille

Joe TanseyFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 21, 2017

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 19:  Salomon Kalou of Chelsea in action during UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena München on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Ivory Coast international Salomon Kalou has found a new club after being released by Chelsea last month.

According to an ESPN report, the 26-year-old will join Lille in Ligue 1.

In his six seasons at Stamford Bridge, Kalou scored 60 goals in close to 250 appearances in all competitions for the London club.

Last season, while in the process of winning the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League titles, Kalou played the least amount of games in his Chelsea career.

In June, Kalou was told he would be let go by the Premier League club and that his contract would not be renewed.

Lille is beginning to fill the void left by playmaker Eden Hazard, who left for Chelsea last month, and Kalou is the second piece they are bringing in this summer as they look to recapture the Ligue 1 crown after signing Marvin Martin from Sochaux in June.

However, Lille may be susceptible to losing more players, with defender Mathieu Debuchy being a target of a few Premier League clubs.

The good news for Lille is that they can invest the funds from any possible Debuchy sale into a few players just like they have done with the Hazard money.

Kalou should be a good fit at the Stade Metropole, and he will see consistent playing time in both Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League for his new club.