Chelsea in pole position to sign €60m-rated France international

The London giants reportedly see Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde as a priority in the transfer market, with a move in winter or next summer likely on the cards. The Blues’ failed attempts to sign France international in the summer window only gone after selling club Sevilla moved the goalposts late in the day.

The report claims that the Blues will return for Jules, with the defender considered a priority by the club and Thomas Tuchel. Whether that will be in winter or next summer is yet to be determined.

The Blues could afford to miss out on the 22-year-old centre-back this summer, with the German manager having a wealth of options at his disposal in defence, particularly after Trevoh Chalobah joined the first team after a successful pre-season.

However, Jules is one of the most promising young centre-backs on the planet. If the Blues were able to secure his services, they’d be bagging themselves a possible future star of the game.

It’s also worth noting that Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta are all in the final 12 months of their Chelsea deals. The situation is rather precarious.

The Blues are unlikely to allow them all to walk out the door, but acquiring Jules Kounde would provide them with a contingency plan in case of any departures, so perhaps it would make sense to try and do this deal in winter.