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Chelsea remain unfazed in the Jules Kounde chase despite Sevilla having sold Diego Carlos

The Spanish side have eased their financial concerns by selling the Brazilian (Images: Getty)

Chelsea are undeterred in their pursuit of Jules Kounde despite Sevilla selling another centre-back. Diego Carlos is set to join Aston Villa to ease the Spanish side’s financial concerns.

Thomas Tuchel has made strengthening Chelsea’s defense his top priority in the summer transfer window as the free transfer departures of Antonio Ruediger and Andreas Christensen leave a huge hole in the defence.

The west London club pursued Kounde for most of last summer, although Sevilla were adamant he would only be sold if his £68million release clause was met and they intend to reignite interest if the window opens again.

Chelsea remain unfazed in the Jules Kounde chase despite Sevilla having sold Diego Carlos

Kounde is Chelsea’s top defensive target for the summer window (Image: Getty)

Chelsea’s hopes of getting Kounde out of the way have been boosted this time around as Sevilla needed to raise around £38million before June 30 to balance their books and comply with La Liga financial regulations.

But unfortunately for the Blues, the sanctions the club still has to operate under meant they couldn’t start talks with the Spanish side and couldn’t capitalize on their precarious situation.

However, that was not the case for Aston Villa, who have snuck in and secured a £26m deal for Diego Carlos and announced a deal had been reached on Thursday afternoon.

The Brazilian is yet to complete a medical and finalize his personal terms, but his impending departure has already significantly eased Sevilla’s financial distress and greatly reduced the need to cash from Kounde.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio RomanoHowever, Chelsea remain keen to sign Kounde once her restrictions are lifted and have no intention of giving up.

Tuchel wants Kounde to play on the right side of his back three and the Frenchman himself is said to be “desperate” to join the west Londoners after missing out on a Premier League move last summer.

Chelsea remain unfazed in the Jules Kounde chase despite Sevilla having sold Diego Carlos

Diego Carlos exit means Sevilla can play tough against Kounde (Image: Getty)

Chelsea are undeterred in their pursuit and still intend to open talks with Sevilla once their sanctions are lifted – although they may now have to raise more money.

The Blues had hoped they could land Kounde for around £59million – significantly less than the fee Sevilla offered last summer – but with the profit from the sale of Diego Carlos, the Spanish side are now likely to demand his opt-out clause is fully met.

In addition to signing the 23-year-old, Tuchel also wants a left central defender to replace Rüdiger with Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig at the top of the wish list – but he won’t be cheap either.

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