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Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui send message to Thomas Tuchel amid Joules Kounde done deal under Todd Boehly

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Transfer News Live: Latest Done Deals, Kounde, Neymar, Sterling To Chelsea

Chelsea were close to signing Jules Kounde last season and will look to complete a deal for the Sevilla defender when the transfer window opens

 

Chelsea head into the summer transfer window light at the back and will once again look to sign Sevilla’s Jules Kounde to solve their issues.

With Antonio Rudiger’s free transfer to Real Madrid confirmed, and Andreas Christensen on his way out as well, the Blues will need at least one replacement in central defence. After a failed bid last summer, reports suggest that Thomas Tuchel will once again attempt to bring Kounde to Stamford Bridge.

Sevilla have already sold Diego Carlos to Aston Villa ahead of the window opening but facing financial issues, the club may be forced to sell Kounde as well in order to balance the books, and Chelsea will be looking to take advantage of this ongoing situation in Spain.

The Stamford Bridge outfit will want to secure their man at the second time of asking and have already been told what they need to do in order to convince the Andalusian side to part ways with one of their most prized possessions.

Speaking to Diario de Sevilla via Fabrizio Romano last September after the close of the transfer window, Julen Lopetegui said: “Koundé didn’t join Chelsea because our Sevilla board decided it was the right thing to do, based on the value of the offers. For me, it’s positive – he’ll perform again at the top level.”

Allegedly, Kounde had agreed on terms with Chelsea last summer, but the club failed to reach an agreement with the Spanish side over a fee, Sevilla wanting £67million at the time. Twelve months later and it seems Sevilla have lowered their asking price to £50m, and a deal is once again in place, according to Todofichajes.com.

There is also the rumour that Chelsea and Sevilla did come to an agreement last August, but at the last minute, Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi moved the goalposts, and the deal collapsed.

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