Chelsea’s potential signing of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde will depend on whether Antonio Rudiger’s contract situation is resolved, according to reports.
Rudiger’s future at Stamford Bridge still remains unclear with the German’s contract expiring in 2022, and the Blues are expected to plan for the eventuality that he will not renew his deal.
The 28-year-old joined Chelsea in 2017 and has enjoyed success in the form of an FA Cup trophy, Europa League and a Champions League winners’ medal last season.
But with the central-defender only having a year left on his contract and being linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid, Thomas Tuchel is still keeping tabs on summer target Kounde.
German outlet Sport1 claim “everything is open” regarding negotiations between Rudiger’s camp and Chelsea over a contract.
Meanwhile, Kounde was one of Tuchel’s primary transfer targets in the summer transfer window but an agreement could not be reached between the clubs despite several attempts.
And La Colina de Nervion report that Chelsea are still eager to bring the 22-year-old Frenchman to west London.
They claim that should Chelsea cash in on Rudiger in January in order to avoid him leaving for free, this would “accelerate a new attack” for Kounde.
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Kounde is believed to have been excited to make the step up to the European champions this summer and remains interested despite the disappointment of remaining in Spain at the end of August.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will need to spend heavily to bring the youngster to Stamford Bridge, with his release clause having increased from £68million to around £77million last month.
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