Chelsea join race to sign 22-year-old France international

Chelsea and Sevilla are discussing details regarding the transfer of Jules Kounde to the London club. The Blues wants to offer a part-exchange involving Kurt Zouma, whereas La Liga giants want France international’s €80m release clause paid.

Jules has become a crucial part of the Sevilla back-line ever since he arrived from Bordeaux in 2019. Kounde always looked destined for a bright future at a bigger team, and the Blues have duly come forward with an offer. The 22-year-old defender was also part of France’s Euros squad, although he did not get enough opportunities to showcase his talent fully.

However, moving away from Sevilla and onto the PL will provide him with a top platform to perform. The Blues just won the UCL, and the German manager is building his squad to retain the title and win domestically. The French defender is considered a key part of his plans next campaign.

The 22-year-old defender has played 89 times for Sevilla during his stay in Spain and will likely command a large transfer fee. The Spanish club reportedly agreed on a player-plus-cash deal from Tottenham for Jules, with Davinson Sanchez going the other way. It showed the La Liga side’s willingness to sell the Frenchman.

Jules rejected Spurs’ approach citing their ambitions as a problem for his own. However, Tottenham returned to Sevilla and signed teenager Bryan Gil with Lamela going the other way along with €25m. The Blues wanted to crack a similar deal by including Kurt Zouma in the part exchange for Jules.

However, La Liga giants does not seem too keen to enter another part-exchange deal with an English club. They instead would like the Blues to pay Jules Kounde’s €80m release clause.