Chelsea might be in for a massive surprise ahead of the forthcoming transfer window, as Thomas Tuchel plans to rebuild in west London. Todd Boehly, who has agreed to acquire Chelsea for £4.25 billion, is likely to ‘push for A-list recruits’ to usher in a new era at Stamford Bridge, according to the MailOnline.
Jules Kounde is one of the most anticipated headline players who might join Stamford Bridge this summer. This season, the France international has appeared 31 times for Sevilla in La Liga, helping the Spanish giants maintain the best defensive record in the league. His excellent performances have piqued the interest of Europe’s top clubs.
According to Goal, the framework has been laid for signing the 23-year-old as soon as sanctions are dropped and the UK Government approves the takeover. According to The Athletic, the Blues were connected with Kounde before the season and were thought to have finalized a deal worth roughly £43 million.
Following the sale of Kurt Zouma to West Ham, Sevilla’s sports director, Monchi, allegedly raised the asking price to £69 million, prompting Chelsea to abandon their pursuit. While Kounde has been widely linked with a transfer to west London, Real Madrid has also been said to be interested in the Frenchman.
So much so that, according to Spanish publication ABC, the center-half has already informed Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe that he wants to join Los Blancos. Tuchel is eager to rebuild Chelsea this summer, regardless of whether Boehly acquires Kounde’s services.
The Blues manager told football.london: “We are rebuilding, not enhancing the team.” We are currently rebuilding. This is always a challenge, but we are up for it.
“I have no idea where we are since day one.” What I can guarantee is that I will be there – if I can promise that – with full energy and good energy regardless of what happens. We will continue to work for Chelsea, and I refuse to entertain unfavorable situations. We will be competitive, depending on the level.”