Jorge Mendes employed by Spanish club to sort Chelsea target's transfer future

Super agent Jorge Mendes has been tasked with managing the sale of Jules Kounde by Sevilla, amid strong interest in the player from both Chelsea and Barcelona.

The France international has been one of the most impressive young central defenders in the top European leagues in the past couple of seasons, and with both clubs looking to improve their respective defences, he is expected to leave Julen Lopetegui’s side this summer.

Mendes is the prominent agent in world football, managing the careers of clients including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Angel Di Maria. The 56-year-old moved into the football industry in the 1990s when he organised a transfer for future Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo in his playing days.

Since then his Gestifute agency has grown its global football influence enormously, and Sevilla have drafted in Mendes in order to try and maximise the transfer fee they receive for Kounde, who is not directly linked to Mendes.

The 23-year-old signed for Sevilla three years ago from Bordeaux in his homeland, with the Andalusians paying just over £25m for his services. Mendes met Barcelona chairman Joan Laporta on Monday in order to discuss a potential deal in the region of £60m.

He won the UEFA Europa League with his new club at the end of his first season in Spain, and was part of the French national team squad which emerged victorious in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League.

Chelsea are in the market for new centre-backs this summer as they look to reinforce their defence following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers, the former joining Real Madrid and the latter Barcelona.

The Blues have been heavily linked with a move for Juventus defender Mathijs de Ligt, who has reportedly told the Serie A club’s hierarchy that he wants to leave this summer, as well as Manchester City’s Nathan Ake.

Ake played for Chelsea before being sold to Bournemouth in 2017, and the possibility of a return to Stamford Bridge has been touted ruing negotiations between Chelsea and City over a transfer for England forward Raheem Sterling.

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