Chelsea interest confirmed in defender, Blues looking to seal £60m La Liga superstar deal, Tuchel sent clear message about the possible Chelsea arrival
Chelsea interest in Kounde admitted, Chelsea keen on Niguez and Lebeouf sends Kounde message in top Chelsea news…
Frank Leboeuf has questioned Chelsea’s pursuit of Jules Kounde and says Thomas Tuchel does not need another defender
There is a strong feeling that adding another defender to that back-line is something that Thomas Tuchel would like to do over the next few weeks, and Kounde is a player that is high up on the shopping list
The defender is currently worth around the £68 million mark and that is what is holding up any potential deal for the defender, as the Blues do not want to pay that much after securing Romelu Lukaku for close to £100 million
However, amid all the rumours that Chelsea are keen on Kounde, Leboeuf has questioned Chelsea’s pursuit of the defender, especially after the impressive performance that Trevor Chalobah put in over the weekend.
Asked whether Chelsea need to sign Kounde considering the number of defenders already at Stamford Bridge, Leboeuf told ESPN: ‘That’s a good question, that’s a very good question.
‘I almost had tears in my eyes when I saw Trevoh Chalobah scoring, it was absolutely fantastic. He was very good in the Super Cup and was good against Crystal Palace.
‘I’m very fond of that player and I have doubts that Chelsea need another defender. They already have lots of defenders and Chalobah is already on top of who we were thinking of.
‘So what’s the point? Kounde is a fantastic player but you cannot make everyone happy so what’s the point having Chalobah, Zouma, Christensen, Rudiger, Thiago when most of them will be on the bench?
‘You have to make choices, you have two places for five or six players, it’s too many. If Chalobah keeps playing like this, they don’t need Kounde.’
This transfer rumour has been circling for some time now, so it will be interesting to see if the Blues do make a move in the coming weeks
Chelsea are reportedly interested in Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez over the next few weeks
After winning 20 games in 32 matches since his arrival to the Bridge last season, Thomas Tuchel knows that he was a couple of signings away from really challenging Manchester City for that Premier League title this season
And that led to many reports in the media that he was keen to make a move and sign up Romelu Lukaku, who rejoined the club just a few days ago in a deal worth £93 million, and maybe add another attacking midfielder to the attack.
Niguez is a player that has been in the headlines alot over the past few weeks, having fallen out of favour at the club last season, there has been alot of speculation about his future
Now, According to Mundo Deportivo, the Spaniard is preparing for a move away from the Spanish champions this summer and the Blues are being tipped as one of his likely destinations.
‘He has lost prominence under Diego Simeone, and that saw him miss out on Spain’s squad for Euro 2020,’ the report states. ‘The situation was thought to have encouraged the player to leave, and Atletico have been prepared to listen to offers.’
Saul’s situation has not been improved by the arrival of Copa America winner Rodrigo De Paul who is also a midfielder and it is reported that Premier League clubs are now looking at the option of signing the Atletico man.
If the Blues want to bring Saul to Stamford Bridge this summer, they will have to fight off Manchester United and Liverpool.
To be honest with you guys, Chelsea do not need to do anymore business this transfer window as they have one of the best squads in the league, but adding Niguez would be a very smart decision from the club
Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solkehol has suggested that Chelsea may not make a move for Jules Kounde this transfer window.
Thomas Tuchel now has one of the very best squads in the Premier League and after managing to get the board to splash the cash on Romelu Lukaku, has a striker that has the ability to find the back of the net on a weekly basis.
But there is a strong feeling that adding another defender to that back-line is something that Tuchel would like to do over the next few weeks, and Kounde is a player that is high up on the shopping list.
Regarded as one of the finest young defenders in the game, Kounde has developed nicely at Sevilla, enough so, that is now valued at a massive £68 million, so would not come cheap when clubs try to make a move.
But amid the speculation, Solkehol has confirmed that Chelsea are still keen on the defender, but may not make a transfer move for the player this summer, he told Sky Sports Transfer talk: “Chelsea do still have an interest in Sevilla’s defender Joules Kounde, but they don’t have an emergency need to sign him and his release clause is about £68m.
“Long-term, they do have quite a few centre backs who will be out of contract next summer, so they do need to sign another – and he’s one of the best out there. But I’m not sure they’ll go out and spend that on him this summer.”
It is very easy to see just why Chelsea are very keen on a deal for Kounde, but the squad they have now, the players, should be enough to win Tuchel a couple more trophies over the next 12 months
And then he can see the club splashing the cash for Kounde next summer
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