Transfer Talk: Chelsea still eye Sevilla's Kounde despite Chalobah breakthrough

The European Leagues' summer transfer window has closed for the season. This means that the largest clubs will be looking to make a big splash before the new season starts. You can find all the official deals and gossip here.
TOP STORY - Chelsea still eyes Sevilla's Kounde

Chelsea are still interested in Jules Kounde, Sevilla FC defender, despite Trevor Chalobah's introduction into the Blues' first squad.

According to The Telegraph, Thomas Tuchel still wants to add the 22 year-old Kounde to his team as a replacement for Cesar Azpilicueta (31 years old).

Sevilla insist on the 68 million release clause in the deal with France International before allowing the French international to leave the Spanish club.

Before they make a move for the centre back, the club wants to get rid of a defender. Kurt Zouma was reported to be the most likely to go. Tottenham Hotspur is among the clubs that are linked to Zouma, 26.

Another problem Chelsea has is their dwindling contracts. Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are all in the final year of their respective contracts.

According to the report, Chelsea are also interested in a deal for a midfielder but haven't yet made an active pursuit of a target. The Blues are believed to be interested in AS Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, but they are just one of many potential suitors.

Stamford Bridge is also being offered Atletico Madrid's midfielder Saul Niguez. After Rodrigo de Paul's arrival from Udinese, the Wanda Metropolitano has linked the 26-year old midfielder with a move.

Chelsea continues to keep Jules Kounde in mind. Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

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