Report: 'Strong' Europa League winner would rather join Chelsea than Arsenal
Sevilla’s talented defender Jules Kounde views a move to Chelsea as a better option than signing for Arsenal.
According to The Athletic, Kounde would be much more inclined to join a Champions League club this summer, something Arsenal cannot offer him.
The Gunners have placed the 22-year-old high on their transfer list but might struggle to snatch him from Sevilla for several reasons.
Lack of European football next season being one; his reported £47m (The Athletic) might be another.
Chelsea can offer elite level action and have the cash to splash on Kounde.
Thomas Tuchel is after a new centre-back and the French international is apparently on his radar.
Kounde is top draw
It’s no great surprise the Sevilla youngster is gaining so much attention.
In 2020/21, he made 49 appearances for the Spanish side, scoring four times from defence.
Didier Deschamps also added him to France’s European Championship squad, despite having only one senior cap to his name.
He helped Sevilla to Europa League glory in 2020 and is a big favourite of his teammates.
During an interview with the Daily Mail, Diego Carlos described Kounde as ‘a young player who can still improve over time, he has got great qualities, he is very strong and I am sure he can play for a big club as a great defender.’
Wrap everything together and you have a talented player who is seemingly only going to get better with age.
Chelsea’s central defence dilemma
At present, Chelsea have a few fair centre-halves already on their roster, having just tied down Thiago Silva for another term.
Yet, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Andreas Christensen are all heading into the final 12 months of their contracts.
Therefore, Tuchel may want to explore Kounde as a long-term solution.