Fabrizio Romano: Chelsea FC make 23-year-old a ‘high goal’ this summer time

Jules Kounde stays a high goal for Chelsea FC this summer time regardless of the Sevilla defender present process a deliberate surgical procedure earlier this week, in line with Italian switch knowledgeable Fabrizio Romano.

The Blues have been linked with a swoop to signal the France worldwide from Sevilla because the 2021 summer time switch window however a deal for Kounde did not materialise final 12 months.

Chelsea FC are in determined want of some centre-half reinforcements after Antonio Rudiger accomplished a free switch to Champions League holders Actual Madrid on the finish of the season.

Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta are additionally anticipated to go away the south west London aspect following the expiration of their respective offers forward of the 2022-23 Premier League season.

Chelsea FC have been regarded as on the point of signing Kounde final season earlier than the Blues ended up bringing in Romelu Lukaku in a £98.5m deal from Inter Milan and used a big portion of their summer time finances.

Kounde continues to be linked with the Stamford Bridge outfit this summer time as Tuchel seems to rebuild Chelsea FC after a tumultuous season on and off the pitch for the London aspect.

The Frenchman underwent a process following France’s 1-0 loss to Croatia earlier this week to forged some doubt on his proposed transfer to Chelsea FC this summer time.

Nonetheless, Italian reporter and switch knowledgeable Romano has revealed that Kounde stays a “high goal” for Chelsea FC within the 2022 summer time switch window regardless of his latest operation.

“I wished to say for Jules Kounde, nothing has modified,” Romano instructed the Here We Go podcast.

“I noticed some panic round Kounde due to his surgical procedure nevertheless it’s one thing that’s regular on the finish of the season. He wanted to resolve the state of affairs. For Chelsea, the state of affairs is the very same. He’s a high goal on the listing. They’re in effectively superior negotiations on participant’s aspect.

“There may be nonetheless no official bid to Sevilla. Sevilla need €65m for Kounde – which is lower than his €85m launch clause. In the mean time, we’ve to attend for Chelsea’s official bid to proceed negotiations.”

Kounde has been a key participant for Sevilla over the previous few seasons since becoming a member of the Spanish aspect from Bordeaux in 2019.

Chelsea FC will begin the brand new Premier League season with a conflict in opposition to Everton on 6 August because the Blues look to problem Liverpool FC and Manchester Metropolis for the title.

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