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Chelsea remain ‘main suitors’ for France defender they agreed personal terms with last summer

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Chelsea are interested in signing Sevilla defender Jules Kounde after failing to land him last summer, according to reports.

The Blues were extremely keen on signing the Frenchman last summer and reportedly agreed personal terms ahead of a potential deal.

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It did not come to fruition, however, after Chelsea refused to meet Sevilla’s €80m (£68.5m) valuation of the player.

Thomas Tuchel has remained interested in bringing Kounde to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United and Tottenham also reportedly in for the 23-year-old.

La Colina de Nervion (via Football Talk) claim that Chelsea are the ‘main suitors’ Kounde has with a summer move likely to materialise.

It is said that Sevilla will ask for less money this summer as they look to receive ‘at least €60m (£51.4m)’ as opposed to €80m last year.

As well as Chelsea, United and Spurs, the report claims that Manchester City and Newcastle are also keeping tabs on the central defender’s situation.

If Kounde moves to Stamford Bridge he will be replacing Antonio Rudiger, who is set to join Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Rudiger helped the Blues win the Champions League last term after emerging as a key player in Thomas Tuchel’s system.

The Athletic claim that the German will earn between €9-10m per year after tax at Real Madrid, as well as receiving a signing-on fee.


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