Report: Chelsea to make early move for France international to avoid bidding wars in summer

Chelsea could make an attempt to secure an early summer deal for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde as they are worried about potential competition from other clubs, according to The Telegraph’s Matt Law.

The Blues have been surprisingly quiet in the January transfer window, despite Ben Chilwell’s long-term injury.

Aside from that, they might also need a few new centre-backs with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Cesar Azpilicueta running out of contract at the end of the season.

The lack of any January deal would frustrate some Chelsea fans, but Law claims the club seems to focus more on potential summer deals at the moment.

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“Certainly with Kounde, I think they [Chelsea] will try to jump the gun,” Law told the London is Blue podcast.

“Because I think they’ll be worried of some sort of summer auction on him with a lot of clubs potentially looking at defenders in the summer.

“They’ve got a very good relationship with Kounde’s agent and Kounde was very, very upset that the move didn’t happen last summer.

“So I wouldn’t be surprised if they are trying to get some sort of agreement for Kounde before the summer, even if it’s not announced. They don’t have to announce it these days.”

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Considering Jules Kounde’s reportedly having a €90million (£75m) release clause, it is likely that Chelsea are trying to reach an agreement with Sevilla below that figure, rather than avoiding bidding wars in terms of transfer fee.

Not to mention that extending Christensen, Rudiger, and Azpilicueta’s deals would be the most cost-effective option, and they seem to be the club’s priority at the moment.

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