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KOUNDE SET TO JOIN CHELSEA FROM SEVILLA IN A PLAYER PLUS CASH DEAL

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Farouq Oduola A.

Kurt Zouma is expected to be part of the Jules Kounde transfer, according to reports. Chelsea and Sevilla are already in advanced discussions on a Jules Koundé/Kurt Zouma swap. Chelsea is now offering around €30/35 million, with Zouma involved in the talks.

The deal for Kounde was expected to cost roughly 70 million euros, but Sevilla prefers the option of Kurt Zouma joining them in a swap deal. As a result, Kounde’s price will almost certainly be halved.

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Sevilla and Tottenham Hotspur agreed a similar deal earlier this week, with Spanish winger Bryan Gil joining Spurs for €25 million and Erik Lamela moving the other way.

Sevilla hoped Manchester United would join the fight to sign Kounde after paying Bordeaux €25 million two years ago, but the Old Trafford club never made an approach since Raphael Varane was their first target.

Madrid was also keeping a close eye on Kounde’s position because former coach Zinedine Zidane is a big fan, but interest waned after the ex-France midfielder left the club at the end of last season.

Last season, Kounde, who is under contract with Sevilla until 2024, made 34 league appearances to help the club qualify for the Champions League.

The 22-year-old was a member of France’s Euro 2020 squad this summer, making one appearance in a 2-2 tie against Portugal. He did not take part in Tuesday’s 2-2 warm-up game against Paris Saint-Germain.

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