According to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea agreed personal terms with Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde. The Blues are now in advanced talks over a fee for the 22-year-old, and they could include Kurt Zouma as part of the deal.
The centre-back, who previously attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur before it became clear that he wants Champions League football, has agreed a contract until 2026.
At 22, Kounde is one of the best young defenders around, making him the perfect fit for Chelsea.
The Blues currently have the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva among their options to choose from, both of which are either past their prime or getting close to it. Silva, 36, is particularly nearing the end of his career and will need replacing. And that’s where Kounde could come in.
Chelsea Agree Personal Terms With Jules Kounde
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In truth, they don’t need much this summer. Last season’s spending saw them recruit enough talent for years to come; talent that will make their mark following a season of adjustment. This summer is just about filling in the gaps, making sure the squad is as strong as it can be for both the present and the future. And Kounde ticks that box.
Having parted ways with Fikayo Tomori earlier in the summer, too, there is no denying that Chelsea need a young reinforcement. Kounde, as proven at Sevilla, is a better long-term option than Tomori whilst also carrying that extra experience needed.
The forthcoming season is likely to be Thiago Silva’s last at 36, meaning that Kounde would have a campaign to learn and adjust before entering the starting 11 on a permanent basis. The Frenchman is reportedly open to the move. Now, it’s just about whether Chelsea can agree a deal with Sevilla.
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