Later News Jul 28

EPL transfer tattle: Chelsea eye Kounde, will allow Abraham to leave


It has thus far been an uncharacteristically quiet transfer window for Chelsea, who are accustomed to spending money like a regular Jeff Bezos when he sees an opportunity to go on a vainglorious trip to space.

 

But normal service could soon resume, with the Blues reportedly looking to sign highly-rated defender Jules Kounde from Sevilla in a deal that could be worth up to €50m (S$80m).

 

WATCH: Kounde scores against Barcelona after impressive run

 

Well, the valuation of the deal really depends on how much you think Kurt Zouma is worth, as Chelsea are understood to be including the French defender as a sweetener, in addition to about €35m in transfer fees.

 

Kounde, 22, was impressive for Sevilla last season, as he helped them qualify for the Champions League. He was even good enough to be called up to the France squad for the Euro 2020 – no mean feat, considering the amount of talent in Les Bleus’ backline.

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More importantly, signing Kounde would deal a blow to their rivals in the Filthy Rich Boys club, Manchester City, who have also been linked with the centre-back.

 

Sevilla, however, are under no pressure to sell, having already pocketed a decent €25m (along with Erik Lamela) from Tottenham Hotspur for Spanish winger Bryan Gil – a player who puts the Gil in Gila for voluntarily choosing to give up on winning trophies by joining Spurs.

 

WATCH: Great Bryan Gil goals in Spain training

 

Nonetheless, Sevilla are believed to open to letting Kounde, who still has three years left on his contract, to leave if the right offer comes along.

 

And while Chelsea have no need whatsoever to raise funds for the purchase of Kounde through player sales – they can, after all, simply scoop some gold out from Roman Abramovich’s swimming pool – they are willing to listen to offers for striker Tammy Abraham.

 

The 23-year-old, who finished as the club’s joint top-scorer in all competitions with 12 goals, despite suffering the ignominy of being behind Timo Werner in the pecking order, is understood to have attracted the interest of London clubs West Ham and Arsenal.

 

While popular with the Stamford Bridge faithful, Abraham is evidently viewed by new manager Thomas Tuchel as no more than a less handsome version of Olivier Giroud, and only made seven appearances for the club once the German coach took over from Frank Lampard in the middle of last season.

 

Chelsea are believed to be looking for €47m for Abraham, although Arsenal are understood to be keen to do a loan deal with an obligation to buy instead.

 

WATCH: Abraham scores for Chelsea against Arsenal

 

Tuchel is hopeful that the departure of Abraham, who has two years left on his contract, will open up space in the team for Erling Haaland to join, although Borussia Dortmund are understandably keen to keep the Norwegian striker  for the coming season.