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Chelsea gave Jules Kounde transfer a boost as top target tells Sevilla he ‘still wants to leave the LaLiga club’

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Helsea appear to have received a significant boost in their long-running pursuit of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

standard sports understands the France international remains a key transfer target at Stamford Bridge, where considerable defensive rebuilding will be needed this summer once restrictions are lifted and Roman Abramovich’s sale of the club is complete.

Thomas Tuchel confirmed after Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League win over West Ham that Antonio Rudiger would leave Chelsea on a free transfer this summer – likely to Real Madrid – after rejecting the chance to become the highest-paid defender in the club. club history with £230,000. a week, with the sanctions imposed on Abramovich by the British government leaving them unable to “fight any more”.

It’s the same story for Danish centre-back Andreas Christensen, who is set to join Barcelona when his own contract with the Blues expires in June.

Chelsea’s new owners will likely find themselves with an immediate transfer bill of at least £100m once a costly Abramovich buyout is completed to simply make up for the loss of two influential defenders, even before they can’t think of trying to strengthen further and close the gap with Manchester City and Liverpool above.

Jules Kounde has long been established as Chelsea’s top defensive transfer target

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Chelsea have targeted Kounde and Wesley Fofana from Leicester, with the club confident they can strike a deal with Sevilla for the former who failed to do so last summer after refusing to match his release clause from £68m on deadline day.

Now the Press Association reports that Kounde has told the LaLiga club he remains determined to leave for new pastures after missing out on a move to Chelsea in 2021.

Kounde has impressed at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium since joining from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux in a club-record €25million deal in the summer of 2019, making 128 appearances in all competitions and establishing a reputation as one of the highest rated defenders in Spanish football. .

The 23-year-old – under contract at Sevilla for two more seasons – has also earned nine senior caps for France, being part of Didier Deschamps’ squad for the delayed European Championship last summer.

This season, Kounde has put constant speculation about his future aside to appear a total of 39 times, helping Julen Lopetegui’s side to third place in La Liga and the knockout stages of the Europa League, where the six-time winners fell to the west. Ham.

As for Rudiger, the Daily Mail reports that he has now agreed a first four-year deal with Real Madrid on lucrative salaries that far exceed what was on Chelsea’s table.

The German is believed to have turned down bigger offers from elsewhere in order to move to the Bernabeu, having also held talks with Barcelona, ​​Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks.


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