Chelsea make improved offer of £55MILLION for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde as they look to see off competition from Barcelona… with the France star having already agreed personal terms with the Blues
- Chelsea are now confident of landing the Sevilla defender Jules Kounde
- The France star has already said his farewells to fans at Sevilla’s training ground
- Blues hope a deal can be agreed between them and Sevilla on Thursday
- Kounde has already agreed personal terms with the Stamford Bridge outfit
Chelsea are confident of signing Sevilla defender Jules Kounde after making an improved £55million offer on Wednesday.
Sevilla want to accept Chelsea’s bid over that of Barcelona as it offers straight cash while Barca were proposing players such as Memphis Depay.
Kounde said farewell to fans as he left the club’s training ground on Wednesday and hopes a deal is agreed on Thursday with personal terms already in place.
Sevilla defender Jules Kounde is attracting interest from Chelsea and Barcelona
The 23-year-old is back on Chelsea’s agenda along with Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe after Manchester City blocked a move for Nathan Ake.
The Blues have held a long-term interest in Kounde as they were keen on signing him last summer, but were unable to get a deal across the line.
Thomas Tuchel is still trying to strengthen his defence after bringing in Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
Chelsea have already signed defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli recently
This comes having lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen earlier this summer, and he has turned his attention to Kounde once more.
Chelsea’s initial proposal of £46m including add-ons for Kounde was rebuffed early this week.
Kounde can also cover at full-back and his arrival would be timely as Barcelona step up talks to sign Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
Barcelona remain interested in signing Chelsea club captain Cesar Azpilicueta
Chelsea have maintained they want a £7m fee and another full-back before allowing the 32-year-old to leave.
Tuchel currently has Reece James to call upon at right-back, but his cover options would be limited if Azpilicueta departs.
Azpilicueta has been at Stamford Bridge for the past decade and is the current club captain, so it is little surprise that Chelsea want to be well-compensated prior to moving him on.