Report: Defender decides to leave club this summer amid Chelsea interest

Sevilla defender Jules Kounde has already decided that he will leave the club in the summer as he remains on Chelsea’s radar, according to Marca.

The 23-year-old was close to moving to Stamford Bridge last summer but Sevilla and Chelsea eventually failed to reach an agreement over the transfer fee for the deal.

Obviously, being under contract until 2024, Sevilla had the final say in Kounde’s future and on paper, will continue to do so for the remainder of the contract, unless Chelsea agree to meet his reported €80million (£67.5m) release clause.

However, Marca suggests that Chelsea may be able to secure the deal with a lower price this summer.

First, the Spanish publication describes the need for summer player sales at Sevilla as “gigantic”.

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Secondly and arguably most importantly, Kounde has reportedly decided he wanted to move to another club.

Marca added that the France international was initially frustrated after negotiations between Sevilla and Chelsea broke down last summer but has stayed professional and re-established himself as a key player at the club since.

Chelsea, however, are reportedly not the only horse in the race to sign the centre-back.

The report mentions that Manchester United are also interested in Kounde.

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The sanctioning of Roman Abramovich may have put Chelsea at a disadvantage in the race, but they had also done a lot of work that should put them in pole position.

The Telegraph’s Matt Law previously also claimed that Chelsea had maintained a good relationship with Kounde’s representatives.

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