Chelsea signing Jules Kounde near as Tuchel backed Kalidou Koulibaly


Chelsea signing Jules Kounde near as Tuchel backed Kalidou Koulibaly

Chelsea has reported close to complete transfer deal of Jules Kounde from Sevilla this summer transfer

However, the Blues re-activate interest to sign the 23-years-old defender after Manchester City blocked Ake’s transfer

According to AS journalist Manu Sainz, the in-demand defender is set to join ‘The Blues’ next week

Despite being linked with a move to join Manchester City, Barcelona, and Tottenham

Jules Kounde wants to join Stamford Bridge after missing out last summer because Sevilla blocked the deal

Manu wrote on Twitter:

This translates as:

“Koundé is very close to being transferred to Chelsea.

“Excepting a radical change, the English club hopes that the agreement will be closed next week.

“Xavi spoke with the player and convinced him to go to Barça, but Chelsea bets more strongly.

The Kounde saga has been one of the most discussed transfers of the current window

The 23-year-old being one of the most sought-after central defenders in European football.

The French international has played 133 times for Sevilla since moving from Bordeaux in 2019 and has also gained 11 caps for France

Thomas Tuchel hails ‘brilliant’ Chelsea signing Kalidou Koulibaly

Tuchel expressed his delight over securing the center-back on a four-year deal, as he told Chelsea’s official website:

Chelsea signing Jules Kounde near as Tuchel backed Kalidou Koulibaly

“He brings experience, top defending quality, height, and everything we are looking for to play in a back-three or a back-four. It’s another brilliant signing for us, and we hope Kalidou can show his quality as soon as possible.

“He knows already some of the players. He plays with Edouard Mendy with his national team and he played with Jorginho at Napoli. I think for this side it will be very quick that he feels welcome in the group. It’s a nice group, and everybody is happy that he is with us now.”

“We have Thiago Silva who is even older and super experienced and still at the peak of his game, so we hope that Kalidou can do the same and play many years for us.

Koulibaly has already started training with Chelsea’s first team in the club preseason tour

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