Chelsea would be unwise not to address the contract situations of three crucial defenders ahead of any transaction involving Jules Kounde.
After Fabrizio Romano revealed the Blues move for Kounde on Tuesday, this particular transfer train seems to be gaining steam.
An exchange of players between Stamford Bridge and Sevilla has been mentioned, potentially involving Kurt Zouma as the interchangeable asset from Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
90min did suggest another five names who could be used as a makeweight for the French international.
At the moment, nothing is conclusive, as Chelsea continues to try and crumble Sevilla’s fortress.
Getting the house in order
With all this focus directed towards Kounde, it’s easy to overlook the matters that need addressing within the Blues’ own kingdom.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, and Andreas Christensen all have less than a year left remaining on their current deal.
The defensive trio played a pivotal role in Tuchel’s transitional overhaul from January onwards and would feel hard done by not to be offered an extension soon.
Their position has just become even more hazardous thanks to all this Kounde chatter.
It is highly likely the 22-year-old will take at least one of the centre-back slots in Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1 formation.
This means dislodging either Azpilicueta, Rudiger, or Christensen, whilst Thiago Silva is also part of the conversation.
Presenting the Champions League winners with a fresh agreement would indicate they are still required by the Blues, despite Kounde’s potential arrival.
Let it drag on and the rumbles of discontent might start to seep out of the Chelsea camp.
Especially from Rudiger’s inner circle, who have already been on the brink of leaving the club before.
And it looks like Marina Granovskaia has plenty of work to do at Stamford Bridge this summer – which doesn’t all involve signing new players.