Chelsea started negotiations with 5 ft 10 in La Liga defensive rock

Chelsea and Man United could possibly indulge themselves in a transfer duel in pursuit of Jules Kounde this summer. The Sevilla defender has emerged as one of the most in-demand prospects in the market, attracting interest from a host of top clubs around Europe.

The London club, in particular, have the cash to burn despite the spending spree last summer as Roman Abramovich looks to supplement the German manager with the right amount of footballers.

U21 France international, as a result, has emerged as one of the top targets in the upcoming summer transfer window, although Chelsea are ready to provide stiff competition to league rivals Man United, among others.

Such hype surrounding Jules is hardly surprising, though, as the teenager has proven to become one of Europe’s rising stars this campaign, creating a formidable defensive partnership alongside Diego Carlos, who himself is reportedly a target for many clubs including Real Madrid and Liverpool.

A product of the Bordeaux youth academy, Kounde’s seamless technical prowess combined with his game-reading ability could be useful for a Blues side that has enjoyed a huge improvement in the defensive record since the arrival of the German manager.

Thomas Tuchel prefers technically astute footballers who can contribute to the build-up. That is where the 22-year-old defender could prove to be an impressive signing at the heart of the Blues back-line, alongside someone like Andreas Christensen as both the footballers have excellent technical prowess.

From a sporting perspective, the French centre-back can serve as a long-term replacement for the ageing Thiago Silva while the Blues are also expected to offload Fikayo Tomori, who is currently on loan at Milan.