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Chelsea 'trying to lower £68m Jules Kounde fee'

Chelsea 'trying to lower £68m Jules Kounde fee'
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Chelsea are reportedly hopeful of striking a part-exchange deal with Sevilla for Jules Kounde rather than forking out his £68m release clause.

Chelsea are reportedly attempting to drive down Sevilla's £68m asking price for Jules Kounde.

The France international is understood to have garnered interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur after becoming an integral part of Julen Lopetegui's side over the past two years.

However, Chelsea are now rumoured to be in advanced discussions over a deal with the player, who is said to have already agreed personal terms with Thomas Tuchel's side.

According to transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, Sevilla would demand that his £68m release clause is paid in full with a straight-cash deal, but Chelsea are aiming to drive that price down with a part-exchange transfer.

Romano adds that Chelsea are preparing to offer between €30m (£25.5m) and €35m (£29.8m) while sending Kurt Zouma in the other direction, although the Frenchman is also thought to be a target for Crystal Palace and West Ham United.

Kounde has already won one Europa League crown during his time with Sevilla and played a bit-part role in France's unsuccessful Euro 2020 campaign.

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