Despite Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel’s failure to sign the Sevilla defender in the summer, Jules Kounde remains at the top of their transfer wish list. The reigning Champions League champions believed they had secured the 23-year-old during the summer transfer window, but the La Liga giants pulled out in the last hours.
To make space in the team, the Blues allowed Kurt Zouma to join West Ham for £34 million, but the Frenchman ultimately chose to stay at Julen Lopetegui’s club, albeit reluctantly.
Chelsea’s failure to sign the 23-year-old and subsequent decision to move Zouma appears even more egregious now that the club is facing a defensive exodus.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, and Andreas Christensen’s contracts at Stamford Bridge are set to expire at the end of the season, and they may be able to go for nothing.
The Blues, on the other hand, might re-sign Kounde to shore up their fragile backline.
The Blues haven’t given up on the French international, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United, according to L’Equipe.
Kounde has started all but three of Sevilla’s La Liga games this season, and the team is having a tremendous season.
Lopetegui’s side is presently five points behind Real Madrid in first position, but has a ten-point lead over Real Betis in third place.
While the defender has had another great season, L’Equipe says that Tuchel is also interested in signing Presnel Kimpembe and Aurelien Tchouameni, Kounde’s international teammates.
Kimpembe’s future at Paris Saint-Germain is also in doubt, since he has unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The 26-year-old defender, who has made 16 appearances for the French champions, is thought to be of interest to Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Tchouameni, a Frenchman, has been connected with a move to west London.
The Monaco midfielder is reported to have been selected as a less expensive option to West Ham United’s Declan Rice.
Rice’s value is sky-high right now as a result of his outstanding performance in David Moyes’ midfield.
The Hammers may also demand any transfer fee they want for the 22-year-old because he has two and a half years left on his deal at the London Stadium.
The Blues, on the other hand, could be lured into a bidding war for Tchouameni, with Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus all keen.
On Transfermarkt, Tchouameni is valued at a hefty but reasonable £36 million, though signing him would almost definitely demand a far higher price.
Tchouameni was an integral part of France’s victory over Spain in the Nations League final, forging a strong bond with United general Paul Pogba.