Chelsea may have been handed a massive advantage towards sealing Jules Kounde thanks to Sevilla’s reported movements in the transfer market.
According to Sport Bild, the Spanish side have made contact with former Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.
Boateng is currently a free agent, following the expiration of his Bayern contract earlier this month.
The 32-year-old enjoyed a successful farewell season with the Bavarian behemoths, claiming another Bundesliga crown and the UEFA Super Cup.
His decade-long career serving the German champions concluded with 363 appearances and 22 major trophies, including two Champions League and nine league titles.
Now open for business, the centre-back is seemingly being collared by Sevilla.
This may indicate that one of their own is about to be replaced.
All indications point towards Kounde, who has recently been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea.
Fabrizio Romano caused the social media storm yesterday, after he declared the Blues and Sevilla had begun discussions over the Frenchman’s possible transfer.
Of course, the La Liga club might have ideas of pairing Boateng alongside the 22-year-old centre-half.
But this clearly wouldn’t fit into Chelsea’s plans, who have ambitions of strengthening their own back-line.
Currently, Kounde’s release clause stands at £68.4m (Guardian), a fee Marina Granovskaia will certainly try and decrease.
Kurt Zouma is apparently being offered as part of a swap deal.
However, if Sevilla do land Boateng, signing another central defender seems unnecessary and that could force the Blues into paying full price.