Chelsea set to rival Real Madrid for Kounde who is seen in the picture
Jules Kounde of Sevilla during Semi-finals round of Copa del Rey, football match played between Sevilla Futbol Club and Futbol Club Barcelona at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on February 10, 2021 in Sevilla, Spain. SEVILLA SPAIN - ZUMAa181 20210210_zaa_a181_014 Copyright: xJoaquinxCorcherox

In a recent report, La Razon has revealed that Chelsea are set to rival Real Madrid for Sevilla centre-half Jules Kounde this summer. It is believed that the French defensive ace’s current employers could let him go if the Blues are willing to make an offer of around €70m for their prized asset in this off-season (via La Razon).

Kounde’s Excellent Form At Sevilla This Season

Kounde is having an impressive campaign at Seville after putting in a series of dominant performances at the centre of Julen Lopetegui’s backline. The Paris-born sensation has been involved in 44 matches for the Spanish club this term, scoring four goals and securing one assist in multiple competitions.

The French talent has been a real powerhouse at both ends of the field as he is averaging 0.8 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 2.8 clearances, 0.8 shots and 0.8 dribbles per game in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League this season. Kounde has even distributed possession well from the back, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 89.4% in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

Kounde’s recent form has been quite encouraging, which explains why a top club like Chelsea are hoping to get him on board when the transfer window commences later this year. The 22-year-old is a star in the making, so the Blues will do well to lure him away from the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium at the end of this campaign.

Chelsea set to rival Real Madrid for Kounde who is seen in the photo
Jules Kounde of Sevilla CF celebrate a goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey semifinals first leg match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona, Barca at Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan in Sevilla, Spain..Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. Sevilla Spain – ZUMAd159 20210210_zia_d159_251 Copyright: xJosexLuisxContrerasx

Is Kounde The Right Fit For The Blues?

Kounde is a quick centre-back who can use his pace to catch up with the opposition and intercept the ball for his side. He is an excellent tackler and can clear the danger when needed. As mentioned, the eight-time France Under-21 international is also a tidy distributor of the ball and has a wide range of passes in his locker. Hence, he will be a great choice to be a regular starter under Thomas Tuchel’s stewardship in the coming seasons.

Kounde is a player on the rise and would add more bite and steel to Chelsea’s defensive department. He will bolster the overall depth of Tuchel’s match-day squad and has what it takes to become a fan-favourite at Stamford Bridge if he can continue to improve with each season.

At 22, Kounde would be a perfect fit for the West London giants in the long run and has all the makings to become a real star in the Premier League in a few years’ time. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense for Tuchel to engineer a big-money move to bring him to the English capital this summer.

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