Chelsea have reportedly agreed on terms with Spanish club Sevilla for the transfer of Jules Kounde.
The club is said to be readying all details, with the deal set to be sealed as soon as Todd Boehly’s takeover is confirmed and current sanctions lifted.
Thomas Tuchel is set to lose both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, who are set to join Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, making new additions at the back a priority.
The 23-year-old is also keen on joining the London club after talks collapsed last summer.
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The Blues are however not alone in the hunt for the Frenchman’s signature, with Newcastle and Barcelona joining the party.
Newcastle made a £59m bid in January, which was turned down, and will try their luck once again.
Xavi’s side, on the other hand, are reportedly planning to offer Clement Lenglet and Sergino Dest in exchange for the in-demand defender.
Kounde has two years remaining on his Sevilla contract.