Report: £68m player now told Chelsea's new owners are going to sign him as soon as takeover goes through
Jules Kounde has reportedly been reassured by Chelsea that he will be one of the first post-Roman Abramovich signings.
According to 90min, the Blues have reminded Sevilla’s young defender of their desire to bring him over to Stamford Bridge once the takeover process is complete.
Will Chelsea get Kounde?
Everything finally appears to be falling into place in terms of Kounde joining the European champions.
A deal was so close to being finalised last summer, but Chelsea and their Spanish counterparts could not agree on a definitive price tag.
Thomas Tuchel’s employers were not willing to meet the player’s £68m (Evening Standard) release clause.
However, the France international has seemingly made his feelings known to the Sevilla hierarchy by handing in a transfer request.
This should play right into Chelsea’s hands, even though their wrists are pretty tied at the moment.
They cannot agree to much business right now until the new owner fully acquires Abramovich’s kingdom.
Once the handover of the club is complete, the powers that be can get to work on improving Tuchel’s squad.
Which will certainly require some revamping, due to the imminent departures of Antonio Rudiger and possibly Andreas Christensen.
Rudiger’s successor from Sevilla
Rudiger is set to join Real Madrid at the end of the season as a free agent, whilst Christensen could be joining him on the Spanish flight with Barcelona inbound.
Losing the two centre-backs, and potentially Cesar Azpilicueta as well, has made Chelsea seriously start considering who they want as their replacements.
Above anyone else, Kounde is the priority.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed another decent season at the heart of Sevilla’s defence, helping them surge to third in La Liga.
However, his sights look settled upon the Premier League, with Manchester United also interested.
But surely the sorry state of affairs at Old Trafford will convince Kounde there is only one English team he should be signing for.