Sevilla defender Jules Kounde is expected to officially join Chelsea in the coming days after agreeing personal terms with the London club, according to Spanish outlet Diario AS.
After the confirmation of an agreement between Sevilla and Aston Villa for Diego Carlos, Kounde’s departure is set to be announced in the next few days.
AS claims that the deal between Chelsea and Sevilla is expected to be in the region of €60million (£51m) plus add-ons.
The key to this deal is Kounde’s reportedly having already agreed personal terms with the Blues despite receiving offers from other clubs as well
Chelsea have also confirmed that the club’s long-awaited change of ownership will be completed by Monday.
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm that a final and definitive agreement was entered into last night to sell the club to the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Capital consortium,” the club’s official statement reads.
This means Kounde will likely be the first Chelsea signing under the new consortium owners led by Todd Boehly.
Kounde was last seen in Miami, United States, with fellow France international Aurelien Tchouameni.
The 23-year-old will likely soon return to Europe and join the French national team for June’s UEFA Nations League fixtures.
Chelsea will need more than just a new defender this summer
Due to Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger’s confirmed exits, Thomas Tuchel will at least need two new centre-backs ahead of the new season.
Chelsea have been linked with several other defenders, including RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol.
Obviously, spending more in the transfer market is not the only option.
Tuchel is expected to assess returning loanees, including young defender Levi Colwill who has had an impressive loan spell at Championship play-off finalists Huddersfield Town.