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Thomas Tuchel Close To Signing Chelsea’s First Deal Under Todd Boehly

Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel are attempting to sign Jules Kounde, who wants to leave Sevilla for the Premier League, as the Blues look to improve their defensive options.

According to reports, Chelsea are close to signing Jules Kounde, with the defender eager to join the club.

Last season, the Blues attempted to sign the Sevilla centre-half but were unsuccessful. They’ve rekindled their interest as Thomas Tuchel plans his summer spending ahead of Todd Boehly’s takeover in west London. Chelsea’s need to bolster their defensive options has increased, and they are ready to act.

Kounde himself is desperate to move to the Premier League, reports The Sun, and believes he would be first choice in the club’s backline. That is due to the exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen – both of whom are out of contract. Sanctions placed upon the Blues prevented them from negotiating new deals with their players.

Sevilla are ready to hold out for the £68m release clause in the Frenchman’s contract. However they accept that the centre-half is looking to take on a fresh challenge and talks with sporting director Monchi are planned so that the two parties can find a solution.

The LaLiga outfit qualified for the Champions League so are under no intense pressure to sell their top players. However, with Kounde’s exit seemingly inevitable, they would rather sell to an overseas club as opposed to a domestic rival with Barcelona also among those keen.

Chelsea and Tuchel could lose Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta in the coming months. The former is being linked with a return to Spain whilst the club’s captain is considering his own future. It would leaves the Blues with experienced head Thiago Silva alongside youngsters like Trevoh Chalobah.

Prospective new owner Boehly, who is closing in on his purchase of the club, has handed Tuchel a £200m kitty as he seeks to make an immediate impact at Stamford Bridge. The American, who also co-owns MLB franchise the LA Dodgers, will takeover from Roman Abramovich. Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said he was “confident of a bright future” for Chelsea under the club’s new owners.

A government spokesman said on the sale of the club: “Late last night (Tuesday) the UK Government reached a position where we could issue a licence that permits the sale of Chelsea Football Club. Following the sanctioning of Roman Abramovich, the Government has worked hard to ensure Chelsea Football Club has been able to continue to play football.

“But we have always been clear that the long-term future of the club could only be secured under a new owner. Following extensive work, we are now satisfied that the full proceeds of the sale will not benefit Roman Abramovich or any other sanctioned individual.”

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