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Chelsea ‘close in on Jules Kounde as Blues agree £42.7m fee with Sevilla

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Chelsea ‘close in on Jules Kounde as Blues agree £42.7m fee with Sevilla for French defender’, with Thomas Tuchel moving a step closer to landing his top defensive target

Chelsea have reportedly made a breakthrough in their bid to land Jules Kounde as Blues boss Thomas Tuchel takes a step closer to finally landing his top defensive target.

The European champions have been heavily linked with a move for the French defender all summer, as Tuchel looks to bolster his defensive ranks as the West Londoners attempt to dethrone Man City as English champions.

On Wednesday, reports had emerged that negotiations between Chelsea and the Spaniards had hit a stumbling block, with the two clubs some way apart in their valuations of the 22-year-old.

Chelsea have reportedly reached a £42.7m agreement to buy Jules Kounde from Sevilla

However, Gianluca Di Marzio reports that a deal worth €50million (£42.7m) is ‘almost done’ in a huge boost for the Blues.

The latest developments follows from an update provided by Fabrizio Romano, in which the English side ‘wanted to proceed with the final official bid to complete the deal’.

It has been widely reported that Kounde’s switch to Stamford Bridge relies on the sale of Kurt Zouma, with the Blues defender appearing close to a £25m move across London to West Ham.

The Hammers have encountered a number of stumbling blocks in their pursuit of the 26-year-old, namely his wage demands of over £100,000-per-week, while Football London reports that the role of ‘multiple agents’ in negotiations has added complications to the deal

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