Chelsea table 65m bid for Jules Kounde amid Barcelona interest

Chelsea have tabled a 65m euro bid for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde amid increasing optimism that a deal can be struck for the Frenchman this summer, 12 months on from when the same proposed transfer fell through.

Barcelona are also thought to be monitoring the Frenchman, though at present sources seem to indicate that it is the Blues who have the upper hand in negotiations, with Barca having to wait until Thursday to table a bid, when their second economic lever gets activated.

By contrast, Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel have already made a bid for the 23-year-old centre-back, who operates largely on the right side of central defence in Southern Spain.

That bid, according to Goal, reaches 65m euros, which is close to the asking price of the Spanish side who are looking to receive nearly 100m euros for both Kounde and Diego Carlos, who joined Aston Villa earlier in the summer for a fee of £28m (33m euros).

Barcelona not out of the race but fading

Chelsea have, of course, already been stung once this transfer window by Barcelona, who hijacked their move for Raphinha that they in turned had hijacked from Arsenal.

Chelsea table 65m bid for Jules Kounde amid Barcelona interest

SEVILLA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 10: Jules Kounde of Sevilla FC celebrates 1-0 during the Spanish Copa del Rey match between Sevilla v FC Barcelona at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 10, 2021 in Sevilla Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

And, while the Blaugrana continue to be interested in Kounde, there is a general feeling that the Blues could well win this battle, with Sevilla more keen to sell abroad than to a direct rival and Chelsea’s personal terms currently significantly better.

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2 Arsenal FC 0 0 0
3 Aston Villa 0 0 0
4 Brentford FC 0 0 0
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 0 0
6 Chelsea FC 0 0 0
7 Crystal Palace 0 0 0
8 Everton FC 0 0 0
9 Fulham FC 0 0 0
10 Leeds United 0 0 0
11 Leicester City 0 0 0
12 Liverpool FC 0 0 0
13 Manchester City 0 0 0
14 Manchester United 0 0 0
15 Newcastle United 0 0 0
16 Nottingham Forest 0 0 0
17 Southampton FC 0 0 0
18 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0
19 West Ham United 0 0 0
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 23
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 23
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 17
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 15
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Maddison, James Leicester City 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Richarlison Everton FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Raphinha Leeds United 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11


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