Jules Kounde has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer transfer window, but Thomas Tuchel’s team may have suffered a big blow.
Despite having five central defenders to choose from, the Blues are reportedly in the market for another option, with Kounde the man touted to move to Stamford Bridge.
However, according to Le10 Sport, newly-appointed Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti sees the centre-back department a “priority” to add to this summer and the Sevilla man, as well as Pau Torres, are the two men name checked.
Sergio Ramos looks set to leave the Spanish capital, with his contract due to expire at the end of this month, with Raphael Varane also being linked with a departure.
Kounde has been on Florentino Perez’s radar for “several weeks”, which means Chelsea could be set for some major competition when it comes to trying to lure him away from Seville.
The article says the French defender would cost around €80million (£68m), which could “derail the operation”, and that’s why Perez also has Torres in his mind.
Kounde has already opened up about his future at Sevilla, with the 22-year-old admitting that he could move away from the La Liga outfit.
“Regarding my future, it is certain that I will perhaps have to change clubs this summer, but nothing has been finalised yet, I have not decided anything,” Kounde said recently.
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“My goal is to play in a big club to try to always progress and to win trophies.
“I might have to move, but that’s not relevant today.”
As it stands, Tuchel has Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva – who has just signed a one-year extension at the west London club, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen as his centre-back options.