Report: Chelsea to secure third summer signing, agree £51m fee
Chelsea are reportedly set to clinch their third summer signing by bringing in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
According to The Sun, Chelsea are on the verge of signing the 23-year-old star from La Liga club Sevilla.
It is understood the France international is on his way and travelling for a medical with the Blues within the next 48 hours.
The report adds Thomas Tuchel’s side met the asking price of £51million plus £4million in add-ons. Kounde’s settled personal terms ahead of a transfer to Stamford Bridge, too.
He’s now set to follow in the footsteps of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, who have both completed moves to Chelsea already in this summer window.
Chelsea to sign Jules Kounde
This transfer saga may finally be drawing to a close after so much speculation.
After numerous links to Kounde in the early stages of the window, it was claimed Chelsea switched their focus away from him to target Matthijs de Ligt. However, Dutch centre-half De Ligt has now completed a move from Juventus to Bayern Munich.
Chelsea’s attention now seems to be planted back on Kounde, who has seen his reputation grow significantly in Sevilla in the last few seasons.
He’s a ball-playing centre-back that’s a great option for Blues manager Tuchel to use in a back three. Also, he’s got the versatility to play at full-back.
Improving the XI
If the Kounde transfer is finalised, what a start in the transfer market this would be from the new Chelsea ownership.
Sterling, Koulibaly and Kounde are three high-profile players that arguably all improve the starting line-up.
It’s vital the starting line-up improves to help close the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool, something that these new faces will definitely help with.