Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde with the defender very keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.
This is according to Fabrizio Romano who claims Kounde will sign a contract until 2026 and that he is ‘open’ to accepting the contract terms.
A fee is yet to be agreed, but is believed to be around £50million.
Jules Koundé has an agreement ready on personal terms with Chelsea. Contract until 2026 won’t be a problem to be signed – as Koundé is open to accept. 🔵 #CFC
Chelsea and Sevilla are in advanced talks to reach an agreement on payment/deal structure, as exclusively revealed 👇🏻 https://t.co/YADwyHETlZ
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 27, 2021
The report states that Kounde is keen to carry on playing in the Champions League. This is why a move to Tottenham does not “seduce” him.
Spurs have prioritised Cristian Romero as the Kounde’s alternative, but have a ‘Plan B’ that involves signing three players for an equivalent amount instead of the Atalanta man for the proposed £47m fee.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (£15.4m) of Bologna, Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic (£12.8m) and Kurt Zouma (£21.4m) would all be explored as a combined option.
Zouma is a relatively new target but Tomiyasu, in particular, has long been on Spurs’ radar. One bid for the 22-year-old has already been rejected and negotiations with Bologna are ongoing.
The north Londoners need for defensive reinforcements has been exacerbated by the departure of Toby Alderweireld, whose move to Al-Duhail was confirmed on Tuesday.
Manchester United were also interested, but have opted for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane instead.
Ahead of his move to United, Varane has apparently been studying their defence from last season.
Elsewhere, Chelsea remain interested in Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland.
The 21-year-old poured cold water on reports linking him with a move to the Blues, saying that he hopes “it’s just rumours”.
“I don’t really have much to say about this,” Haaland said. “I have three years left on my contract and I’m enjoying my time here (at Dortmund).
“Before yesterday, I didn’t speak to my agent in one month – I think you have the answer there.
“I don’t really care too much about that. It’s a lot of money – I hope it’s just rumours to be honest because that’s a lot of money for a person!”