Revealed: The top Chelsea player Sevilla wants in exchange for Kounde, and it’s not Zouma

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Chelsea have opened talks with Spanish side Sevilla over the transfer of France international Jules Kounde this summer.

Chelsea are reportedly offering defender Kurt Zouma in the deal for Kounde.

Previous reports had claimed that Sevilla are only willing to accept Chelsea’s offer of Zouma for Kounde if the Blues include a fee of around €45m (£38m/$53m).

Sevilla value a fee close to his release clause of €80 million (£68m/$95m), and they value Zouma at around €35million.

Fresh report by the Athletic now claim that the Spanish side are more keen on a Chelsea defender who was very impressive at the Euros.

Sevilla are big admirers of Andreas Christensen and would be more interested in a player-plus-cash swap deal if the Danish centre-back is included.

The Dane was a top star for his country at the Euros, and even Thomas Tuchel admitted in an interview that he was impressed by the defender’s performance.

Christensen has one year left in his contract, and Chelsea are keen on giving him a new deal. The 25-year-old impressed last season for Chelsea whenever he stood in for Thiago Silva, and it’s unclear if Chelsea would risk losing him for the signing of 22-year-old Kounde.

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