Chelsea on the final stage of the deal for Jules Kounde

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Chelsea are confident that they will be able to land Jules Kounde amidst interest from Barcelona. The Blues have had an interest in signing the defender for a long time. While very little progress was made the first time, this time, the deal seems to be in its final stages. According to multiple reports, Chelsea has priced Barcelona out of a move for the Frenchman.

The departure of Christensen and Rudiger has put a major dent in the defense of Chelsea. Chelsea is trying to strengthen their defense this summer. Hence, the pursuit of Jules Kounde who is a major boost for the defense of Chelsea. Chelsea has agreed to pay £55m for the 23-year-old to acquire his services. Barcelona are also in pursuit of Kounde, however, they will be unable to pay Sevilla’s asking price for Kounde. This is due to them splurging on Lewandowski and Raphinha despite their tight financial situation

Kounde is a great replacement of Rudiger for Chelsea

Kounde’s profile is a lot similar to that of Rudiger. He has great composure for a player for his age. He has excellent positional awareness and physicality. Kounde also has great clearance ability, he is at the right place at the right time most of the time. His distribution is crucial to play build-up.

Kounde helps in play build up by his passes. This is preferable to Chelsea, as they too start their attack from the deep and the defenders and defensive midfielders help in the passage of play. Moreover, his concentration is also immense as Kounde is yet to make a mistake leading to a goal for the opposition this summer.

Kounde joining Chelsea frees up Azpilicueta to join Barcelona this summer. Azpilicueta has a year left on his contract with the Blues and is looking for a move to Spain. Azpilicueta has reportedly agreed on personal terms with Barcelona. Only the transfer fee for the player remains to be negotiated by the two clubs.

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