Chelsea: The first six fixtures of the 2021/22 Premier League
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Chelsea have offered Sevilla a pick of six players as they look to bring Jules Kounde to Stamford Bridge, according to reports. The France international is a top Thomas Tuchel transfer target. And though Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham have all been linked he’s expected to seal a move to west London instead.
Chelsea won the Champions League last season, with Tuchel guiding them to the prize after replacing Frank Lampard in January.
But the Blues are determined not to rest on their laurels as they look to build a dynasty at Stamford Bridge.
On Tuesday, it emerged Chelsea were in talks with Sevilla over a move for Kounde – with personal terms with the France international already agreed.
And 90min say the Blues have offered the La Liga side a pick of six players as they look to sign him for cheaper than his huge £72million buyout clause.
Kurt Zouma is one of the players offered.
The Frenchman has just a year left on his current contract and, amid that uncertainty, the Blues are looking at a solution to his situation.
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Zouma became a key player under Tuchel last term but, with Chelsea on the lookout for upgrades, it’s possible he’ll leave the club.
Davide Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Matt Miazga and Kenedy are potential alternatives, though how Sevilla feel about the quartet is currently unknown.
And Chelsea are also exploring the possibility of sending Malang Sarr on loan to the La Liga side as part of any potential Kounde deal.
Sevilla are open to letting the defender go as they look to challenge Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for La Liga supremacy next term.
And while Kounde has also been linked with other clubs, the publication states it’s incredibly likely he’ll now end up at Chelsea.
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Speaking on the Here We Go podcast, journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed Chelsea were in the hunt for Kounde and aggressively chasing a deal.
“Chelsea are working to sign Jules Kounde,” he said. “From what I’m told from the negotiations are progressing well.
“They are not in the position of an agreement yet, but Chelsea and Sevilla are working on it.
“The fee is really interesting because he has a release clause for €80m with Sevilla. But, Sevilla and Chelsea are discussing to find an agreement on a different price and different structure on the deal.”
Meanwhile, former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino has backed his old side to sign a marquee name up top before the transfer window slams shut in five weeks’ time.
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Erling Haaland has been strongly linked, despite Borussia Dortmund’s insistence he’s not for sale.
And Cascarino said on the talkSPORT Breakfast: “Chelsea have earned a lot of money in the last year or so, with the Champions League and selling Eden Hazard.
“I cannot believe they’re not going to break the bank and sign someone like Haaland.
“They are going to do a really big transfer, in my opinion.
“It’s been so quiet, the storm is coming – because Roman [Abramovich] has always done it, he’s always backed the club.
“I would be absolutely gobsmacked if they go in with the squad they’ve got today, even though they are European champions.
“Giroud has gone, Tammy is rumoured to be leaving as well, they’re making space.
“For them to do that, they are planning a mind-boggling transfer, and I think it will be Haaland.
“They’re going to offer big money for somebody and I suspect it would be him.”
Chelsea could also sign Declan Rice, though West Ham want £100m for their prized asset.
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