Club president confirms plan for summer sales amid expected transfer talks with Chelsea

Sevilla president Jose Castro said the club is ready to sell their players this summer amid a reported potential deal with Chelsea over centre-back Jules Kounde.

A few days ago, Marca claims that Chelsea and Sevilla are expected to hold talks over a potential deal worth close to €70m (roughly £60m) for Kounde.

The 23-year-old was very close to joining Chelsea last summer but Sevilla deemed the offers not good enough.

This time, however, the Spanish club is expected to give the possible move the green light.

One of the main reasons, according to the report, is the financial issues that Sevilla are facing at the moment.

Sevilla chief Castro denied that the club is under pressure to sell players but still confirmed potential summer departures.

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“We have grown by selling, but it has been two or three seasons since we have sold practically nothing,” the club president told Canal Sur Radio (via Marca).

“We don’t have the obligation but, as we have always done, if offers come in on the open market, we will do so and we will bring in other players who will give us sporting glory.

“That we will build an exciting team again, you can be sure of that.”

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For Chelsea, who will soon lose Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, centre-backs replacements will be a priority, and Kounde is certainly an ideal candidate.

The France international, who mostly operates on the right, is a ball-playing defender and would fit nicely into Thomas Tuchel’s system.

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