Chelsea report: Blues renew interest in long-time target as defensive rebuild intensifies

Chelsea are ready to renew their interest in long-time transfer target Jules Kounde, according to reports.

Seville (opens in a new tab) the centre-back has been on their radar for some time and the Blues are now on the verge of a move.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have completed the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli (opens in a new tab) in a deal worth around £33million.

But the defensive rebuild is not over, with Tuchel still keen to bolster his options at the back.

Both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left west London after their contracts expired on June 30.

Jules Kounde

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chelsea (opens in a new tab) could still lose Cesar Azpilicueta, who is said to be keen to follow Christensen to Barcelona (opens in a new tab).

Tuchel will also be aware that veteran centre-back Thiago Silva will turn 38 in just two months.

Chelsea could yet bring two more defenders to the club, with Presnel Kimpembe from Paris Saint-Germain (opens in a new tab) one of the names under consideration.

The club also turned their attention to Kounde, who was heavily linked with Chelsea and Manchester United. (opens in a new tab) ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

Sevilla dug in on their heels to keep the France international last summer but they could struggle to keep him for another year.

Thomas Tuchel

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According to the Times (opens in a new tab)Chelsea may submit offer for Koundé after withdrawing interest in Manchester City (opens in a new tab)it’s Nathan Ake.

The Blues are set for a busy few weeks before the summer transfer market closes in early September.

Todd Boehly’s consortium only completed their takeover of the club at the end of May, so Chelsea have been a bit slow to get out of the blocks in the window.

But the club now have deals down the line for Raheem Sterling and Koulibaly, as they also snare 18-year-old Omari Hutchinson from Arsenal. (opens in a new tab).

Chelsea, who finished third in the Premier League last season, will start the new season against Everton (opens in a new tab) August 6.