Chelsea remains determined to sign Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.
Chelsea still covets the services of Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde and will pursue a deal for the Frenchman ahead of a summer move.
The Blues believed they had agreed on a cut-price fee to sign Kounde last August, only to be stunned when the Spanish club increased their demands at the 11th hour.
Chelsea FC refused to do business thereafter and the 23-year-old was forced to remain at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, despite having his heart set on the switch.
The emergence of academy product Trevoh Chalobah has filled the gap in head coach Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
Since Kurt Zouma’s sale to West Ham But Chelsea move for a new centre-back.
The futures of Rudiger, Christensen and Azpilicueta are all uncertain as they enter the final six months of their respective contracts.
While other options such as Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Niklas Sule of Bayern Munich.
Chelsea has come to the conclusion that Kounde remains the outstanding candidate.
And there is a belief within the club that he will join at some point in 2022.
Sevilla’s demands mean a January move for the defender is very unlikely,
But the west Londoners are working to steal a march on any other potential suitors and agree to a transfer before the summer window.
The same approach they may adopt with Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.
Kounde has a £68m release clause inserted in his contract in Andalusia, and triggering it could become an option.
If the Blues want to avoid negotiating with Sevilla following their troubles last year.
Kounde – who idolises current Chelsea player Thiago Silva – is unwavering in his desire to move to Stamford Bridge.
And he has reiterated that to his current employers.
The France international has continued to impress this season, playing an important role in keeping eight clean sheets in La Liga,
As part of a stingy backline, Sevilla mounting the closest challenge to leaders Real Madrid.
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