Report: Chelsea could offer key and several other players in deal for £69m-rated defender
Chelsea are prepared to put several of their players on the table in future negotiations to sign Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde, according to Spanish outlet AS.
The 22-year-old has been an important player for Sevilla who look right on course for a top-four finish in La Liga, having made 33 appearances already in all competitions this season.
And according to AS, Chelsea, who are looking to sign a centre-back this summer, are one of the clubs that has the most interest in the Frenchman.
The Blues are not the only interested parties, however, with Manchester United and Real Madrid reportedly on his trail as well.
The potential issue for these clubs is that Kounde has an €80million (£69.3m) release clause which Sevilla are “clinging to”, the report added.
AS claims that Chelsea will include one of their player, plus cash, as part of the deal in their first offer.
The report further added the list of players that could be included in the deal; Hakim Ziyech, Tammy Abraham, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Michy Batshuayi and even Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Ziyech’s inclusion in the list of players is arguably the most surprising, considering he has only been at the club since last summer.
The 28-year-old has had his moments but so far struggled to cement his place as a regular under Thomas Tuchel.
But if Chelsea are really interested in bringing Kounde to Stamford Bridge, as the report mentioned, Ziyech and Abraham would be the two players that might tempt Sevilla to enter negotiation for a potential swap deal.
Source: The Sun