Report: Chelsea are confident they're going to sign 'excellent' 23-year-old this summer after twist in recent days

Chelsea are reportedly confident of signing Sevilla defender Jules Kounde this summer, despite late rival interest in his signature from Barcelona.

According to the Evening Standard, the Blues are ‘confident’ they’ll get a deal over the line to sign Sevilla’s centre-back after putting in plenty of the groundwork.

The report explains Barcelona have arrived with interest in Kounde as a late twist to the transfer story. Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea still have belief in signing the 23-year-old star, though.

It’s been reported Spanish giants Barca are now in advanced negotiations to sign the France international, with talks of a £52million deal that also includes a player.

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Chelsea confident of signing Kounde

These latest rumours around Kounde potentially joining Barcelona will naturally concern the Chelsea fanbase.

The centre-half has been heavily linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge in the last few weeks, so to miss out on his signature late into the race would be a serious body blow. In fact, it was reported earlier this month the Blues were on the verge of signing Sevilla’s impressive defender.

Described as “excellent” by ESPN pundit Stewart Robson, the young centre-back has all the qualities on paper to be a great Chelsea signing.

Barcelona have fallen a little way behind Real Madrid recently, which is why it’s no surprise to see them in the hat for a top quality defender like Kounde.

It feels like a really significant deal for whoever gets the Sevilla ace.

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