Report: Club 'would say yes' in planned meetings over defender transfer with Chelsea

Sevilla and Chelsea will hold talks over a potential deal worth close to €70million for Jules Kounde in the coming weeks, according to Marca.

The Spanish club, the report claims, is under pressure to raise more than €30m (£25.4m) to balance their accounts before 30 June.

One of the simplest solutions is to raise funds through player sales, and one of their most valuable players at the moment is Kounde.

The 23-year-old was close to joining Chelsea last summer before the deal fell through as Sevilla insisted that they were not satisfied with what the London club offered.

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Marca mentioned that Chelsea, who had already reached a personal agreement with Kounde at that point, refused to offer more than €50m (£42.4m).

This time, however, both clubs are under bigger pressure to complete the deal.

Sevilla, as mentioned, are dealing with financial issues, while Chelsea desperately need to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen who are expected to leave this summer.

The two clubs will reportedly hold meetings in the upcoming weeks over a deal worth close to €70m (roughly £60m), and Marca added that Sevilla “would say yes”.

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Chelsea are also said to have maintained contacts with the Kounde’s agent, therefore negotiations over a contract are unlikely to be an issue.

The deal would be the biggest sale in Sevilla’s history, and for Chelsea, this could be their first signing under new ownership.

Kounde, who showed outstanding mentality as a key player for Sevilla despite the failed move, has had 30 starts in La Liga this season and is very close to helping the team secure another top-four finish.

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