Jules Kounde

Chelsea are pushing to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla this summer transfer window according to Diario AS. The West London outfit made a play for the Frenchman last summer, too, but have no choice but to strengthen their defence this close-season.

They’ve lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively and, while they’ve signed Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, they need another top-class central defender. Kounde is the identified target and Chelsea have sent an offer of €55m to the Sanchez-Pizjuan.

Sevilla have returned from their tour of South Korea and travel to Portugal on Thursday for the next stage of their pre-season campaign. As things stand it’s not clear if Kounde will be joining his colleagues in Lagos or will just focus completely on resolving his future – he’s ready to leave Sevilla and for some time it’s seemed he’s either set for Barcelona or Chelsea. The latter making a move could inspire urgency on behalf of the former.

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