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Sevilla ‘Accept £55 Million Bid’ From Chelsea For Jules Kounde Amid Barcelona Interest



Sevilla have accepted Chelsea’s £55 million bid for Jules Kounde, according to reports, who will sign a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old is set to get his desired move this summer after missing out on a transfer last summer to Chelsea.

Kounde has been the subject of interest from both Chelsea and Barcelona, but Thomas Tuchel’s side are set to win the race to finally land their man.

Talks have been ongoing between Chelsea and Sevilla, who want to get his future resolved this week before they head to Portugal.

Jules Kounde of Sevilla during a UEFA Champions League match. (Alamy)

Barcelona had been told to offer straight-cash if they wanted to beat Chelsea to a deal for the France international, but now the Blues are closing in on beating the Catalan giants to his signature.

Chelsea have already signed Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, arriving from Italy last week, and now Kounde is on the verge of becoming their third signing of the summer, adding to Raheem Sterling’s transfer.

Talks have advanced with Sevilla and now as reported by Jose Manuel Garcia in Spain, a bid has now been accepted.

Chelsea have had an offer of £55 million accepted by the Spanish side, which will see Kounde sign a five-year contract in west London.

Tuchel hinted at more signings, with defence a priority for the Chelsea head coach after the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers.

Earlier this week, he said: “I have a figure (on the amount of signings required this summer).

“I think we need a couple more players to improve the squad.

“We are third last season. There was a gap. In general, if you want to keep your position or fight, you need to improve.

“We even lost players. It is common sense we need to bring new quality to the team to maintain our level, not even speaking about improving our level.”

Chelsea are also interested in Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe, while Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig is also of interest.

Should Kounde arrive from Seville, he is unlikely to be part of Chelsea’s tour of the United States due to Tuchel’s side playing their final game on Sunday morning (UK) before flying back to the United Kingdom.

Tuchel wanted at least two central defenders this summer and his wish is expected to be granted.

Kounde’s arrival could pave the way for Cesar Azpilicueta to be allowed to leave to join Barcelona

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