Chelsea determined to sign €60m-rated French defender

The London giants stay interested in signing Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde at some point in the winter window or next summer, as the player stays the German manager’s top defensive target. A summer move failed to materialise due to a complicated situation between both teams, despite the footballer being keen.

During the summer, the German tactician was happy with the Blues’ transfer dealings, as the London club secured a top goalscorer and quality midfield cover. Thomas Tuchel wanted to shore up the back-line and was eager to sign France international from Sevilla, although the deal created unusual complications that eventually stalled a move.

The German boss was keen on bolstering his back-line as he identified certain aspects for the long term future. Thomas Tuchel was impressed by James’ ability to play on the right side of the back three and hence targetted Hakimi in the summer, only to see the African defender join PSG.

Meanwhile, Thiago Silva, who turns 37 this month, only has a year left on his agreement. Azpilicueta, while still performing at his best ability, turns 32 and the Blues have to plan for the long-term future. A footballer like Jules fits the bill at Chelsea, and the Blues stay keen on signing the centre-back.

Sevilla and the Blues reportedly had a verbal agreement of sorts. However, as the transfer deadline approached, it became extremely difficult for the Spanish club to secure a suitable replacement had the Frenchman left very late in the window.