Report: 23-year-old no longer Tuchel's top target; Chelsea in negotiations for alternative

Sevilla defender Jules Kounde is no longer the top target of Chelsea who have shifted their attention to Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt, according to The Telegraph.

Kounde was very close to leaving Sevilla for Chelsea last summer, but the move did not materialise after the two clubs failed to reach an agreement over transfer fees.

As Sevilla sporting director Monchi pointed out last year, Kounde “liked” Chelsea, so many expected the London club to come back with another bid this summer after losing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Kounde is arguably the most exciting young centre-back available in the market until De Ligt apparently became available following failed contract talks with Juventus (per Corriere dello Sport).

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There is suddenly a transfer race for such a highly-rated defender with Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly leading the pack.

Juventus’ insistence on keeping the Netherlands international and reported €80-100million demands do not stop Chelsea from making their move.

The Telegraph claims that Chelsea are still in negotiations with Juventus over De Ligt’s possible transfer, and Kounde is no longer the top target for the position.

Chelsea are reportedly trying to offer Timo Werner, whom Juventus are also interested in (Calciomercato) as part of the deal, although the two clubs are reportedly still far apart in terms of fees.

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Fabrizio Romano recently mentioned that Tuchel is looking to bring in two new centre-backs, however, which means Chelsea could still go for Kounde.

While the transfer fees involved to sign both De Ligt and Kounde would likely be too high, even for Chelsea, they could still raise funds from player sales.

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