Chelsea ‘will look to complete deal for £59m Sevilla star Jules Kounde as soon as Todd Boehly’s takeover is complete and UK Government sanctions end’ – amid summer exodus of defenders from Stamford Bridge
- Chelsea want to sign Jules Kounde as soon as possible after UK sanctions end
- Sevilla are reportedly willing to sell quickly to identify and sign a replacement
- London club agreed deal with French defender before talks collapsed last year
- Kounde has a verbal agreement to join Stamford Bridge side this summer
Chelsea reportedly want to complete the singing of Sevilla’s versatile defender Jules Kounde as soon as Ted Boehly’s £4.25billion takeover of the west London club is completed and UK Government sanctions end.
The Blues are keen to make the deal happen as soon as possible, according to reports from GOAL.com, with several defenders leaving the club for free with the Stamford Bridge club unable to extend players’ contracts.
Chelsea reportedly had agreed a deal last year to bring Kounde to the club, but the move collapsed over the fee Sevilla demanded and the late timing of discussions.
Chelsea aim to sign Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, who has nine France caps, once UK sanctions end
Blues manager Thomas Tuchel has already assured fans that potential new owner Boehly is committed to making Chelsea ‘competitive’.
Tuchel said: ‘We will share our opinion in more detail over the next weeks and I am sure he is as ambitious to build a competitive Chelsea for the highest level.
‘He paid some money for it, so I don’t think he is keen to drop the ambition.’
Potential new owner Ted Boehly has promised to help Chelsea continue to be competitive
Sevilla are reportedly holding out for £59million for Kounde, who has previously won the Europa League with the Spanish club, and reportedly require around £38m by the end of June to balance their books.
But Sevilla are also keen for the deal to be done quickly so they can bring in a replacement for the French defender.
Chelsea are keen to sign a top quality defender after the announcements that Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger will leave for Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively at the end of their current contracts.
The Blues have identified other options at centre back and are unlikely to sign only one top-quality player in that position, but they are keen to make the Frenchman the first signing of the Boehly era.
Kounde, who can play both as a centre half and as a right back, is believed to have a verbal agreement with Sevilla to leave the club in the summer.
And with the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Marcos Alonso and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta with just one year left on their deals, Chelsea are desperate for the takeover deal to be completed sooner rather than later.
Blues want Kounde to replace departing defenders Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger