Chelsea weigh up move for £60m-rated defender after doing ‘everything’ to land Kounde

Jason Soutar
Reported Chelsea target Presnel Kimpembe, Jules Kounde, Paul Pogba and Aurelien Tchouameni during a match

Paris Saint-Germain are willing to part with Chelsea target Presnel Kimpembe for £60million, according to reports.

The 26-year-old has 28 France caps to his name and was a part of Les Bleus’ World Cup triumph in 2018.

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He has also won six Ligue 1 titles, five French Cups and four French League Cups with the Parisiens.

According to The Times (via Caught Offside), Chelsea are interested in signing Kimpembe, and Juventus have joined them in the race to land him.

PSG have set a £60m asking price for the French centre-half. Chelsea have already brought in one central defender, signing Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for £34m.

Thomas Tuchel is eager to bring in at least one more central defender and the club have been working very hard in pursuing Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.

A left-footed centre-half is on the agenda and the Blues have also been linked with RB Leipzig’s Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol.

The Premier League club need defensive reinforcements after Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger left following the expiry of their contracts.

Despite their apparent interest in Kimpembe, Kounde remains Tuchel’s top target.

As per Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea submitted an offer to Sevilla earlier this week. Barcelona are also keen and are believed to be the player’s preferred destination.

Romano adds that the Blues have done ‘everything’ they can after sending official offers to Sevilla and Kounde and have now been waiting for the ‘final green light’ for three days.

And according to Gerard Romero, Barca winger and Kounde’s France teammate, Ousmane Dembele, has played a key role in persuading the 23-year-old to move to the Nou Camp.

The Blaugrana were able to reach an agreement with Sevilla after pulling another financial ‘lever’ in order to meet their La Liga rivals’ asking price.