With ownership issues now a thing of the past following the successful acquisition of Chelsea by Todd Boehly, the club can focus on strengthening ahead of next season. Adding quality and depth to the defense will be Thomas Tuchel’s first port of call with Antonio Rudiger joining Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen set to sign for Barcelona.
chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has also been linked with a move to Camp Nou, and of all the defensive departures the Blues have been linked with a host of centre-backs. Jules Kounde is a reported long-term target and with his contract expiring in two years, Sevilla could be tempted to cash in on his services this summer.
The 23-year-old is a centre-back on the right side, however, his athleticism, pace and ability on the ball mean he’s more than adept at right-back as well. As such, Kounde could either play as part of Tuchel’s preferred three-man defense or as a right-back, making him the perfect replacement for Christensen.
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According to the Spanish journalist matteo moretto the Blues are currently working on a €60m (£50.9m) deal to bring the French defender to Stamford Bridge. However, if the club are successful in their pursuit of the Frenchman, they may not be able to wear the No.23 shirt they wore at Sevilla last season.
Kenedy is the holder of this particular shirt, however, the Brazilian has spent the last five seasons on loan at various clubs and doesn’t seem to have a long-term future at the club. Prior to the previous campaign, Kounde wore the No.12 shirt, Ruben Loftus-Cheek dons that particular Blues number despite being linked with a move away from the west London side due to a lack of game time.
However, Kounde previously wore the No.4 shirt at Bordeaux and that number will become vacant when Christensen leaves the club at the end of the month.