Sevilla have already identified a potential replacement for Jules Kounde as they expect a bid from Chelsea for the defender before the end of this month, according to Diario AS.
In their earlier report, the Spanish news outlet claims that Chelsea have left Sevilla in a very difficult situation regarding the 22-year-old’s potential transfer.
The negotiations between the two clubs have stalled, but Sevilla still convinced that Chelsea will eventually make a “last attempt” bid this month, the report added.
Chelsea have reportedly reached a personal agreement with Kounde but would need to offload one of their defenders, likely Kurt Zouma, before making any bid.
In the meantime, the report claims, Sevilla have begun looking for potential replacements, the report claims, and set their sights on Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara, a versatile defensive midfielder who can also play as a defender.
According to journalist Peter O’Rourke, Sevilla are also monitoring Schalke’s Ozan Kabak, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Liverpool.
Based on these reports, it seems that Sevilla are prepared to let go of Kounde this summer.
The question is now whether Chelsea are willing to meet their reported €60-70million (£51-60m) demand and able to make space in the squad by offloading Zouma.
Trevoh Chalobah’s solid performances in the pre-season and his Premier League debut should also be taken into consideration.
Would Kounde improve Chelsea’s defence? Arguably, yes. But is such an upgrade worth spending £51-60m for?
Although, The Telegraph’s Matt Law previously claimed that the Chelsea scouting department has been monitoring Kounde for quite some time.
Law highlighted how these scouts even proposed his signing last summer, so they must have been convinced by his talent.