Chelsea to make final bid for French international centre back Jules Kounde 


Chelsea are preparing to make a bid for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea are readying a bid for Sevilla centre back Jules Kounde as their battle with Manchester United to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez intensifies.

According to Cope, Chelsea could launch their final offer for the France international within the next 24 hours and hope to conclude their transfer business prior to next week’s international break.

Chelsea, who have started the season with a penalty shootout win against Villarreal in the Super Cup followed by back-to-back Premier League victories against Crystal Palace and Arsenal, already have an abundance of centre back options with Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpiliqueta, Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah all capable of playing there. 

Personal terms are said to have already been agreed with the 22-year-old French international who represented his national team at Euro 2020. 

Speaking earlier this week Sevilla’s sporting director, Monchi, hinted that Kounde could leave this summer: ’Many clubs have asked for Kounde. Of course there’s interest but no official bid is on the table,’ he said.

Saul Niguez is keen on a move to the Premier League this summer.

Chelsea are also interested in signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez (Picture: Getty)

‘I don’t know what’s going to happen … we will sell if an important bid arrives, this is our policy to improve the team.’

However, the move could depend on the future of Zouma, who wants to leave Chelsea this summer after falling down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel.

West Ham have had a bid of around £26m accepted for the 26-year-old, but personal terms are yet to be agreed with reports suggesting he would want well in excess of £100,000 a week.

Elsewhere, a battle is beginning to break out between Chelsea and United over the signing of the highly rated Saul. 

Atletico would accept a loan deal with an option to buy for the player who is keen on a move to the Premier League.

Chelsea have already raised just short of £100m this summer with the sales of Tammy Abraham, Davide Zappacosta, Fikayo Tomori, Victor Moses and Olivier Giroud. 

They are hoping to sell more of their fringe players before the transfer window closes with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater, Malang Sarr and Ross Barkley among those trying to be offloaded. 

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