Chelsea agree personal terms with Spurs target Kounde

Date published: Tuesday 27th July 2021 5:07 - Jason Soutar

Jules Kounde

Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde with the defender very keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.

This is according to Fabrizio Romano who claims Kounde will sign a contract until 2026 and that he is ‘open’ to accepting the contract terms.

A fee is yet to be agreed, but is believed to be around £50million.

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Tottenham Hotspur identified the Frenchman as a “top target” earlier this summer, but Spanish outlet AS claimed that he was never keen on a move to the north London club.

The report states that Kounde is keen to carry on playing in the Champions League. This is why a move to Tottenham does not “seduce” him.

Spurs have prioritised Cristian Romero as the Kounde’s alternative, but have a ‘Plan B’ that involves signing three players for an equivalent amount instead of the Atalanta man for the proposed £47m fee.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (£15.4m) of Bologna, Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic (£12.8m) and Kurt Zouma (£21.4m) would all be explored as a combined option.

Zouma is a relatively new target but Tomiyasu, in particular, has long been on Spurs’ radar. One bid for the 22-year-old has already been rejected and negotiations with Bologna are ongoing.

The north Londoners need for defensive reinforcements has been exacerbated by the departure of Toby Alderweireld, whose move to Al-Duhail was confirmed on Tuesday.

Manchester United were also interested, but have opted for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane instead.

Ahead of his move to United, Varane has apparently been studying their defence from last season.

Elsewhere, Chelsea remain interested in Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland.

The 21-year-old poured cold water on reports linking him with a move to the Blues, saying that he hopes “it’s just rumours”.

“I don’t really have much to say about this,” Haaland said. “I have three years left on my contract and I’m enjoying my time here (at Dortmund).

“Before yesterday, I didn’t speak to my agent in one month – I think you have the answer there.

“I don’t really care too much about that. It’s a lot of money – I hope it’s just rumours to be honest because that’s a lot of money for a person!”

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