Chelsea close to signing Sevilla defender Jules Kounde for £43 million

Chelsea are moving closer to signing Jules Kounde from Spanish outfit Sevilla. The blues are confident about signing the No.1 defensive target of the summer and they have even allowed Kurt Zouma to join West Ham in a deal worth around £25 million. The 26-year-old has been one of the longest serving players at Chelsea having joined the club in 2014. He will now link up with David Moyes at West Ham after falling down the pecking order since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.

Kounde has been on Chelsea’s radar since the summer transfer activity began. The 22-year-old has been making rapid progress with club and country. Just after breaking through at Bordeaux in the 2017-18 campaign, Kounde made the switch to Sevilla in 2019 and immediately became a first-team regular. His impressive performances with the Spanish outfit earned him a call to the French national team for the Euro 2021.

Since the transfer ban came to an end last summer, Chelsea have been on a shopping spree by bringing in the likes of Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, and more recently, Romelu Lukaku. Yet, most of these purchases have been funded by the sales of players and the case with Kounde is no different. If the blues manage to get the transfer target for £43 million, it would effectively mean a net spend of just £17 million for a player who is yet to hit the peak of his career.

Even though Kounde’s release clause stands at a massive £77 million, Chelsea have made astounding progress in the transfer negotiations, according to Daily Mail. The centre back has a contract with Sevilla until 2024.

Some of the major departures from Chelsea aside from Kurt Zouma would be Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud, Fikayo Tomori, Victor Moses, and Marc Guehi.