Chelsea are reportedly leading the race to try sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde this summer.
According to Super Deporte, Blues manager Thomas Tuchel wants to bring the 23-year-old to Stamford Bridge to reinforce his defence for next season.
It is understood that Spanish club Sevilla may end up selling the centre-back for a fee worth around €70million (£59million).
The report adds Tottenham and Manchester United are possible suitors for the France international this summer, but Chelsea are in the best position to secure a deal for him.
Kounde, who’s playing for a Sevilla side that are second in La Liga, is a highly-rated young player. He’s an exciting centre-half with his pace, athleticism and aggression.
With several key defenders out of contract this summer at Chelsea, it makes sense that the Blues are looking out for some marquee signings to bring in as potential replacements.
Incidentally, reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano reported last week that Chelsea’s hierarchy view Kounde to be the “perfect signing” for the club in the summer.
Chelsea need to get defence spot on
For certain, any success next season will rely on having a solid defence.
The Blues weren’t dazzling in attack during last season, but a stunning backline helped them go on to win the Champions League.
It’s concerning to see that the futures of Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are still not resolved, so a lot of fans are nervous as a result.
Kounde ticks so many boxes when scouting across Europe for the best emerging centre-halves.
It’s important to remember Thiago Silva’s deal at Stamford Bridge runs until 2023, which means he’ll be the perfect mentor for any defensive signings that arrive in the summer.
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