According to reports in Spain, La Liga side Sevilla have been told to expect a bid from Chelsea in the next few hours for Jules Kounde.
The 22 year old France international is a key transfer target for the Blues with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel keen on strengthening his defensive options.
Chelsea had previously offered Kurt Zouma and Emerson Palmieri in exchange for Kounde but Sevilla are reportedly not interested in a swap deal.
With a week left in the transfer window, the Blues are now preparing to submit a bid for Kounde after reportedly reaching an agreement with West Ham for the transfer of Zouma.
Kounde has a £68 million release clause and Sevilla are demanding a fee closer to his release clause.