Chelsea strike a £ 25million deal to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla, with Kurt Zouma traveling to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium as part of the transfer.
The Blues want France’s center-back but they are not ready to pay his £ 68million buyout clause and will therefore offer Zouma as part of negotiations to cut fees.
Zouma has fallen down the pecking order in the second half of last season, starting just seven of our last 21 league games, and Tuchel is set to let him go this summer.
Guru transfer Fabrice Romano said: “Chelsea and Sevilla are in discussions to reach an agreement on a Jules Koundé / Kurt Zouma swap deal.
“Talks are progressing – Chelsea are now offering around 30/35 million euros and Zouma is included in the negotiation.
“Personal conditions are not a problem for Koundé who is waiting to join Chelsea.”
The 22-year-old Frenchman, a center-back who can also play at right-back, is set to move to Stamford Bridge despite initially being linked with Tottenham.
Kounde joined Sevilla from Bordeaux in 2019 and helped them reach the Champions League last season.
He was part of the France team for Euro 2020 this summer and won two caps for his country.
And Spanish football expert Terry Gibson believes the Blues may have made a shrewd acquisition in the market.
“He would be a perfect fit for anyone in the Premier League and it’s no surprise Chelsea are trying to have him,” Gibson told talkSPORT.
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“He’s a destructive center-back, but he’s really good in the air. He’s quick, good with the ball and can play both center and right-back.
“I think he’s a great player but I would be surprised if that happened because Sevilla, after selling Bryan Gil, the player they wanted to keep is Jules Kounde.
“They are hopeful that the finances they have received from Gil will allow them to keep him, but it looks like the player may think it is time to move on to a club that challenges the title.”