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Chelsea are keen on reinforcing the defence with French defender Jules Kounde, but it appears that Sevilla are not ready to let the player to leave for anything less than €80 million, according to Kounde has caught the fancy of Thomas Tuchel, who is keen on getting the 22-year-old for his ability to dictate the pace of the game from the defence.

It is understood that Chelsea are ready to give defender Kurt Zouma in exchange apart from €30 million in cash. Manchester United and Real Madrid have also been credited with interest in the defender. The interest from Real Madrid is particularly serious after having allowed Raphael Varane to join United for £41 million. The Los Blancos, though, do not have the huge transfer funds that made the club a powerhouse in the market under Florentino Perez.

These factors have made Chelsea as one of the front-runners to secure the French international’s signature. The €80 million price could forward by Sevilla is actually the value of the release clause in the player’s contract, which expires only in 2024. The Spanish outfit might be ready to listen to offers in the region of €70 million or around €45 million in cash along with Kurt Zouma. Since the two clubs are not too far apart in terms of valuations, there is a real possibility of a deal.

Over the years, Chelsea have had central defenders who are extremely good on the ball like John Terry or David Luiz. Since Chelsea’s 3-4-3 system under Tuchel places a huge amount of importance on the central defenders to distribute the ball, the Champions League holders are looking to strengthen this position. There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the future of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, as both players have just a year left on the contract.

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