London heavyweights aim to reinforce their defence before Rudiger and Christensen go.
Chelsea are still under sanctions, but they are working hard to build their squad for 2022/23.
According to Goal, the London club’s first signing under new owners Todd Boehly and Co. will be a central defender.
The FIFA Club World Cup holders will lose many defenders this summer. With Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen out of contract and joining Real Madrid and Barcelona, Chelsea needs center-backs. Azpilicueta, Alonso, and Thiago Silva’s futures are also uncertain.
Who is the defender Tuchel wants?
Sevilla’s Jules Kounde has been one of La Liga’s finest defenders this season.
The Frenchman reportedly wants to go to London after discussions between his Spanish club and Chelsea went down last summer. Sevilla wants to sell early in the summer transfer window because they need the money.
The Premier League’s third-placed team have a verbal agreement with the 23-year-old and are waiting for Boehly’s takeover to be confirmed, which would reduce the fines, allowing them to finalise this deal. Kounde, who can play right-back, will cost $73M.
Chelsea must stave off Barcelona’s interest in the Frenchman to win this race. Playing in England’s top division may be too tempting to pass up.
Jules isn’t Chelsea’s only target. While new owner Todd Boehly is anticipated to free up finances for the club to spend, much depends on who will be sold and who will return from loan. Tuchel is pleased to see Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja in the preseason.