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.
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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