Chelsea are closing in on an agreement for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, according to reports.

The 23-year-old was the subject of strong interest from the Blues last summer as they tried land him in the summer transfer window, but the Champions League holders were unable to agree a deal with the Spanish side.

Now the West London outfit have revived their interest in the 23-year-oldwith Thomas Tuchel desperate to bolster his backline.

Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are set to depart as free agents having agreed to join Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

Meanwhile Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso could also be on the move to the Nou Camp.

Plans have already been put in place for Chelsea to secure the services of Kounde, with the France international keen to link up with the Premier League giants.

And now transfer guru Andreas Korssund has claimed that the player has agreed personal terms with Chelsea, who are ready to meet Sevilla’s asking price.

It is understood that the LaLiga outfit are seeking a fee in the region of £59million.

Korssung tweeted: “Jules Kounde is closing in on a move to Chelsea.

“The Blues will conclude talks with Sevilla as soon as Boehly’s takeover is complete and they are ready to pay the required fee.

“Personal terms have already been agreed and the Frenchman is only waiting for Chelsea.”

Kounde has been a key player for Sevilla this season – chipping in with three goals and one assist in 43 games in all competitions.

He has helped Julen Lopetegui’s side secure a place in the Champions League next term.


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