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Chelsea to complete deal for £59m Jules Kounde

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Sevilla's versatile defender Jules Kounde

Chelsea reportedly want to complete the singing of Sevilla’s versatile defender Jules Kounde as soon as Ted Boehly’s £4.25billion takeover of the west London club is completed and UK Government sanctions end.

The Blues are keen to make the deal happen as soon as possible, according to reports from GOAL.com, with several defenders leaving the club for free with the Stamford Bridge club unable to extend players’ contracts.

Chelsea reportedly had agreed a deal last year to bring Kounde to the club, but the move collapsed over the fee Sevilla demanded and the late timing of discussions. Blues manager Thomas Tuchel has already assured fans that potential new owner Boehly is committed to making Chelsea ‘competitive’.

Tuchel said: ‘We will share our opinion in more detail over the next weeks and I am sure he is as ambitious to build a competitive Chelsea for the highest level. ‘He paid some money for it, so I don’t think he is keen to drop the ambition.’

Sevilla are reportedly holding out for £59million for Kounde, who has previously won the Europa League with the Spanish club, and reportedly require around £38m by the end of June to balance their books.

But Sevilla are also keen for the deal to be done quickly so they can bring in a replacement for the French defender.

Credit: dailymail.co.uk

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