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Jules Kounde is likely to be one of Chelsea's first singers of the summer

Jules Kounde is likely to be one of Chelsea’s first singers of the summer (Image: Getty)

Sevilla manager Jose Maria Cruz de Andres has admitted his club are fighting a losing battle to assert themselves Chelsea transfer target Jules Kounde.

The France international seemed destined to join the west London club last summer before a last-minute move fell through.

Chelsea thought they had agreed a fee with their Spanish counterparts but Sevilla raised their asking price and the Blues refused to give in to their demands.

Chelsea confirmed the departure of Andreas Christensen on Friday

Chelsea confirmed the departure of Andreas Christensen on Friday (Image: Getty)

A year later and Thomas Tuchel looks set to finally land his No.1 defensive target in a deal likely to set Chelsea back around £60m.

“I’m sure the player respects Sevilla,” Andres told Sport Witness. “He’s happy with us.

“Kounde is not about the money. It’s about him wanting to play in a more competitive team than Sevilla.

“I’m sure he’s a player who would be attractive to teams like Chelsea, Barcelona, ​​Bayern Munich and those types of teams. He would like to play in a more competitive team.

Antonio Rudiger's move from Chelsea to Real Madrid has also been confirmed

Antonio Rudiger’s move from Chelsea to Real Madrid has also been confirmed (Image: Getty)

‘It’s the same case we had a few years ago [Clement] lenglet He was very happy but he thought after playing at Sevilla for a few years he was ready to go to Barcelona.

“The first time we got an offer for him was a season before his transfer. [Lenglet] and his father told us that they didn’t want to leave Seville at the time because they preferred to stay here and play a lot of games.’

Chelsea’s defensive solidity was a hallmark of their early success under Tuchel but they leaked goals in the second half of last season and the departures of Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen mean the Blues are short on numbers.

Petr Cech, Chelsea technical director, said on Friday what he expects for a busy summer: “I live on the phone! It’s going to be a busy summer. We will plan, prepare and try to be as strong as possible next season.

“I think everyone knows where we are in relation to the team. Of course we will try to strengthen the team.

“We want to do our best and be ready for next season. It’s going to be a tough season with a world championship in between, so we have to be prepared for that.”

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