Jules Kounde of Sevilla is said to be close to completing his long-awaited move to Chelsea.
According to Estadio Deportivo, the Blues are expected to complete the deal for the Frenchman before the end of the month, making him one of Todd Boehly’s first acquisitions.
Last summer, it was widely believed that Kounde would join Thomas Tuchel’s side, but the deal fell through as the last phases of negotiations approached.
Despite this, the France international has remained on the club’s radar, and they are now hoping to complete the move for a cost of around £55 million.
According to Estadio Deportivo, the transfer is now a foregone conclusion, and “barring a huge shock, [Kounde] will be a Chelsea player by the end of the month.”
After Sevilla confirmed the departure of their other first-choice centre defender Diego Carlos to Aston Villa, there were some reservations about the signing. The Brazilian reportedly paid £26 million to join the club.
However, the Spanish team is said to be undergoing a “complete reconstruction of its defensive wall,” with supporters hoping to replace him with Galatasaray’s Marcao.
Meanwhile, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta are said to be joining Antonio Rudiger in leaving Stamford Bridge this summer.
Kounde’s arrival may not be the only defensive reinforcement for the Blues, with Matthijs De Ligt also a target.
The Dutch international hasn’t quite reached the heights he did at Ajax, and it’s been rumored that he’s delaying signing a new contract with Juventus.
Tuchel is said to be giving academy graduate Levi Colwill an opportunity to establish his worth in pre-season this summer, in addition to the European stars who may be on their way to West London.
Last season, the England U21 international impressed while on loan at Huddersfield Town, helping the club reach the Championship play-off final.