'He has everything': Leboeuf says £68m rated 'warrior' would be a strong signing for Chelsea
Frank Leboeuf gave Sevilla defender Jules Kounde a fine review amid major transfer links to Chelsea.
Speaking on ESPN, Leboeuf gave his lowdown on the potential newest recruit to arrive at Stamford Bridge.
Kounde is now seriously under the microscope of Thomas Tuchel’s Champions League winners.
Chelsea are intent on signing the Sevilla centre-back, but just need to work out a deal that pleases both parties.
The Londoners do not want to pay his £68.4m (Guardian) release clause in full.
Instead, they are willing to offer a player plus cash in return for Kounde.
Kurt Zouma was initially highlighted as the exchangeable part, although it seems the 26-year-old wants to remain in the capital.
Whatever the Blues plan to do, they would have Leboeuf’s blessing in regards to his fellow countryman.
“He’s (Kounde) a fantastic player,” said the ex-Chelsea centre-half.
“He has everything. He is a warrior. He never gives up. He has everything. He is the future for sure.
“Maybe it’s an opportunity for Chelsea to get him maybe not this season, but next season.
“I don’t know what Kounde wants to do in his life, if he’s ready to be on the bench more than he thinks he will be. It’s up to him.
“It would be a good signing for Chelsea.”
Despite not turning 23 until November, Kounde has a wealth of experience already tucked away under his belt.
He has played 159 senior matches combined for Sevilla and Bordeaux, including action in the Champions League and Europa League.
Not to mention one appearance at this summers’ European Championships with France.
Statistically, he was one of the best performers in La Liga last season.
It’s therefore no surprise Chelsea want to prize him away from his Spanish settlement.
Who makes away for Kounde is another question Tuchel and the Blues board must try and figure out.