Chelsea Begin Talks To Sign Promising French Centre-back
As per The Guardian, Kounde is interested in moving to England and wants to play Champions League football. The Blues have established contact with Sevilla over a move for Kounde but the Champions League winners are not willing to pay his release clause of £68.4 million. Manchester United were also linked with a move for the French defender recently.
Manager Thomas Tuchel reportedly wants a central defender before the start of the season and is willing to sell a couple of existing options currently at his disposal. Kounde has three years remaining on his contract at the Spanish club.
Jules Kounde: A top long-term addition to the club?
Jules Kounde is a top talent, who has the potential to be a very good Premier League player. The Frenchman is a quick player who is comfortable on the ball and likes to pass the ball out from the back. The 22-year-old, despite his 5’10” frame, is very good in the air, averaging 3 aerial wins per game in La Liga last season.
Kounde averaged almost 1 dribble per game in La Liga last season, while he is a strong passer as well, completing 90% of his passes in the Spanish league last season. The 22-year-old has been an ever-present fixture in the Sevilla side over the last two seasons and has shown great composure and maturity at the back.
His good performances for the Spanish side earned him a call-up to the French national team earlier this year, and he has played twice for France. Kounde has played a lot of football for a 22-year-old and has grown by leaps and bounds over the last two seasons.
He would be a fantastic addition to the Chelsea team, especially considering Tuchel plays a three-man defence which will allow Kounde to play his natural game with added security alongside him.
Jules Kounde could be a good fit alongside the likes of Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger in his role as a ball-playing defender. He could also play as a wing-back if required, as he has the speed and dribbling ability to go up and down the flanks. The Frenchman would have a lot of freedom to take risks with his passing as he will have cover from the other two centre-backs, as well as one of the Chelsea midfield.
Kounde has shown great form at Sevilla and if his growth trajectory continues on the right path, Chelsea will have an excellent long-term world class player in their ranks.
Tuchel has been fantastic in the short span he has been at Stamford Bridge and with a couple of new players of his choice, the fans will be hopeful of another successful season with the German at the helm.