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Thursday, June 9, 2022

"Price tag will be around €65m" - Fabrizio Romano confirms 23-year-old is a 'priority' for Chelsea this summer

  Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Premier League giants Chelsea have prioritized the signing of Sevilla defender Jule...

 

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Premier League giants Chelsea have prioritized the signing of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

 The La Liga star currently has an €80 million release clause, but the Blues could get him for a discounted price of around €65 million.

Thomas Tuchel's side are in dire need of reinforcements at the back ahead of the 2022-23 campaign. The west London outfit have already lost Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid, while Andreas Christensen is also closing in on a free transfer to Barcelona (via Fabrizio Romano ).

Without two of their first-team centre-backs, Chelsea could have a hard time fighting on all fronts next season. To get out of this mess, the Pensioners must find a way to bring in a tried and tested centre-back in the summer transfer window.

According to Romano, the London side have set their sights on Sevilla defender Jules Kounde — a player Thomas Tuchel "wants" in his ranks.

 The French defender has already had talks with the club, but Sevilla are yet to receive an opening bid from the two-time Champions League winners. Giving a rundown of the situation, the transfers expert tweeted:

"Jules Koundé deal, still priority for Chelsea. Tuchel wants him. Talks are well advanced on player side, while Sevilla are still waiting to receive the opening bid for the French centre back."

"Price tag will be around €65m, less than €80m release clause."


Kounde, whose contract expires in 2024, featured in 44 games across competitions for Sevilla in the 2021-22 season, recording three goals and an assist. The 23-year-old has also represented the French national team nine times in his career.

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