Chelsea are in pole position to secure the signing of highly-rated Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde this summer.
23-year-old Kounde has emerged as one of the most sought after young defenders in Europe during a successful stint in Seville.
The nine cap France international moved to Sevilla from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux in 2019 and formed an impressive centre-back partnership with Aston Villa bound Diego Carlos and was part of the side that beat Man United in the 2020 Europa League final.
Kounde was close to joining Chelsea last summer and according to Sport Stamford Bridge remains the players preferred destination and Sevilla would be willing to cash in on the defender for a fee in the region of £50 million.
Chelsea look set to revamp their squad with a £200 million spending spree this summer after Todd Boehly’s £4 billion takeover of the club was recently concluded.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is keen to bolster his centre-back options after the free transfer departures of both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.