According to Tuttomercatoweb, Chelsea are close to finalising the details on a transfer package that could come to a total of €60million for Kounde, who would move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

The talented 23-year-old has shone in La Liga and looks like he will surely earn himself a big move in the near future, with Chelsea making sense as a destination due to their defensive issues.

Chelsea have done deals similar to this in the past, with Christian Pulisic a recent example of a player who stayed at previous club Borussia Dortmund for a further six months even after a move to west London was put in place.

Kounde seems ideal to come in as an important part of Chelsea’s defence next season, with Thomas Tuchel in need of replacements for a few of their out-of-contract stars.

The Blues believed they had agreed a cut-price fee to sign Kounde last August, only to be blindsided when the Spanish club increased their demands at the 11th hour. Chelsea refused to do business thereafter and the 23-year-old was forced to remain at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, despite having his heart set on the switch.

The emergence of academy product Trevoh Chalobah has filled the gap in head coach Thomas Tuchel’s squad since Kurt Zouma’s sale to West Ham. But Chelsea are still expected to move for a new centre-back with the futures of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta all uncertain as they enter the final six months of their respective contracts.

Chelsea have Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta all out of contract at the end of the season, and if they all leave at once it would be a huge blow.

Signing Kounde would undoubtedly go a long way to repairing the damage.

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