Report: In the last few hours Chelsea have launched another move to sign £78m centre-back all of a sudden

Reports suggest Chelsea are suddenly back in the hunt to confirm a deal for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.

According to ABC Sevilla, the Blues have made the Frenchman a priority again, with them looking to secure the deal as soon as possible.

Interest in Kounde at Stamford Bridge has been well-documented for a year now, with them just missing out last summer.

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Despite that mishap, the club were rumoured to be straight back in for the defender as the transfer window opened at the start of June, with it reported they were happy to pay his release clause of £78m.

However, things came to a halt as Barcelona emerged with potential to hijack the deal, potentially landing a massive blow to the new ownership.

It had seemed the club were looking for alternative options in the market, with rumours intensifying for interest in Matthijs de Ligt and Nathan Ake, with reports suggesting the Dutch pair would be the manager’s preferred centre-back pairing.

Chelsea back in for Kounde

However, ABC – a local outlet in Sevilla – have claimed the Blues have made a sensational return to the front of the queue in the last few hours, despite news going quiet for a few days.

The report also suggests Chelsea are keen to finalise the deal as soon as possible, with Todd Boehly seemingly operating with ruthless efficiency since taking over so far.

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Chelsea fans will be encouraged by this news, with the speed the club worked to agree a fee with Leeds United for Raphinha a sign the American owner can get deals done with interest from other clubs surrounding the deal.

It had been reported that Thomas Tuchel may be willing to ease the France international in to Premier League football, apparently willing to move Reece James to centre-back in order for Kounde to feature in the right-wing-back role.

With confidence key to any player trying to live up to a big-money deal, the move to ease him in could prove a masterstroke by the German.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.