Romano says Chelsea board think 23-year-old would be the 'perfect signing' for them

Fabrizio Romano has reported that Chelsea’s board consider Sevilla player Jules Kounde as the “perfect signing” for them.

Well-respected journalist Romano claims that the Blues are interested in the 23-year-old defender ahead of the summer.

Apparently, the French centre-back has a release clause worth £67million (€80million).

“Chelsea are still thinking of Jules Kounde as a serious possibility for their defence. Thomas Tuchel loves this player. Chelsea’s board are convinced he’d be the perfect signing so they will try again in the coming months… Release clause is €80million,” Romano said.

Chelsea were reportedly close to signing Kounde last summer, but he ended up staying in Spain with La Liga club Sevilla.

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He’s a talented young centre-half with great pace, athleticism and quality on the ball.

Aged 23, he’s already got seven international caps for World Cup champions France. He’s played in La Liga, Ligue 1, the Champions League and the Europa League, too.

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New-look Chelsea defence

Chelsea fans could be watching a very different backline when the 2022/23 season begins.

A lot of the success so far under manager Thomas Tuchel has been down to the excellent work in defence.

However, there is so much uncertainty given that centre-halves Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta are all out of contract at the end of the season.

There is going to be a major turnover of the defence if no new deals are sorted.

Kounde is a quality operator in Spanish football that would need to hit the ground running immediately in the Premier League. It could take one or two marquee signings in defence to help Tuchel build again, though.

It’s going to be very interesting to see if Tuchel wants to move away from a back three permanently and stick with a back four he’s been using lately.

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