Chelsea’s Jules Kounde offer rejected as two obstacles could scupper deal

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel appears to be nowhere near finished in the transfer market despite recently wrapping up a deal for former Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku worth £97m

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Chelsea are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to secure their first Premier League title since 2017 as they strengthen a playing squad that won the Champions League earlier this year.

The Blues have already bolstered in the position they needed most, with Thomas Tuchel not hesitating over the chance to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for just under £100m ten years after he first arrived at Stamford Bridge.

However, more arrivals are expected in West London as Chelsea aim to end the recent dominance of Manchester City and Liverpool over the Premier League.

Tuchel’s is also keen to trim his bloated squad ahead of the new season and is expected to oversee a number of departures with just 14 days of the window left.

Tammy Abraham’s move to AS Roma has been confirmed, pocketing the Blues a tidy £34m from the Serie A outfit, while Michy Batshuayi has joined Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas.

With that being said, here is Mirror Sport’s Chelsea transfer round-up for Wednesday, August 18.

Chelsea have “strong” interest in Sevilla star

Jules Kounde’s release clause rises to £77m at the end of the month


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Chelsea are the latest club to pursue Sevilla central defender Jules Kounde, with The Guardian claiming the Blues hold a “strong” interest in the Frenchman.

The report claims that Chelsea have seen a number of proposals rebuffed by the La Liga outfit, but have not been deterred in their efforts and will continue to keep tabs on the star.

Kounde’s situation has been monitored by a number of top clubs across the continent, including Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, though the centre-back is thought to favour the idea of moving to a club involved in the Champions League this season.

At just 22 years of age, Kounde is one of the most highly sought defenders on the continent, but Chelsea face a race against time.

One obstacle standing in their way could be his release clause, which is set to increase from £68m to £77m at the end of the window.

Zouma exit will impact incomings

West Ham were keen to land Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma before his wage demands came to light


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Another stumbling block to Kounde’s signature is that the deal could hinge on the future of Kurt Zouma, who is currently unable to find a new club despite being deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

West Ham were the side most heavily linked with a move for Zouma, who was thought to be keen on making the short move across London.

However, a deal has failed to materialise due to the Frenchman’s hefty wage demands, as per The Sun.

The report claims that the 26-year-old is demanding a wage increase of around £40,000 to join David Moyes’ side.

Zouma, who is currently on around £60,000 per week at Stamford Bridge, was reportedly demanding £100,000 per week from the Hammers.

If Chelsea fail to shift Zouma by the end of the month, a deal for Kounde or any centre back is unlikely to take place.

Chelsea set sights on Bellingham

ROME, ITALY – JULY 03: Jude Bellingham of England celebrates after victory in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Quarter-final match between Ukraine and England at Olimpico Stadium on July 03, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Chris Ricco – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Chelsea are weighing up the idea of making a shock late swoop for Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham.

The 18-year-old has taken the Bundesliga by storm after he made the switch from boyhood club Birmingham City last summer, rejecting interest from Manchester United in the process.

The Daily Star claim that the teenage sensation caught the eye of Blues owner Roman Abramovich, who views Bellingham as a more than capable alternative to original first-choice target Declan Rice.

Bellingham became the youngest player to represent England at a European Championship in the summer and is considered one of the most promising midfielders on the continent.

Bellingham upping sticks to West London really would be quite the shock given his contract with Dortmund runs until 2025, meaning Chelsea would have to pay an eye-watering amount to prize him away from the Signal Iduna Park.

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