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Jules Kounde to Chelsea progressing with Kurt Zouma open to Sevilla move

Jules Kounde to Chelsea progressing with Kurt Zouma open to Sevilla move

Chelsea progressing with Koundé

Chelsea have identified and are pushing ahead with their move for Sevilla defender Jules Koundé.

The French international has been away on a break after his participation with France at the European Championships this year, where he played mostly as an unorthodox right back.

However, he is still very much seen as a top quality centre half a position that Thomas Tuchel will want to add quality to this season and for the long term when Thiago Silva’s time with the club comes to an end.

Chelsea have looked to agree a deal with the Spanish side quickly to avoid competition from other clubs with Spurs previously credited with interest.

Zouma open to swap deal

Chelsea have been able to offer Sevilla Kurt Zouma in return which has allowed them to lower the asking price for Kounde.

The fellow French international has reportedly shown his willingness to agree to the move.

Zouma joined Chelsea from Saint-Etienne but has spent time on loan at the likes of Stoke City and Everton, failing to establish himself as a Chelsea regular.

Briefly, he earned a consistent spot under Frank Lampard, however, the arrival of Tuchel saw Antonio Rudiger take his place and looks to continue in that vein.

With Koundé coming in whether Zouma was to stay, that would only restrict his chances further so a swap makes sense.

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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