Chelsea are likely to bid goodbye to some of their defenders at the end of this season.
In order not to be caught unawares, the Blues are already on the lookout for players that could serve as replacements.
A latest report has alleged that Chelsea have stepped up their efforts to secure a deal for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde ahead of the summer transfer window.
Chelsea were in the race to sign the France international last year but dropped interest In him after Sevilla insisted that their player’s release clause needed to be met in full.
Despite not meeting the demands as of then, Chelsea have retained an interest in the 23-year-old, who they know is keen on a transfer to West London.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, director Marina Granovskaia is attempting to negotiate terms successfully with her counterparts at the La Liga side.
The report claimed that Chelsea are prepared to pay a guaranteed £46m, with a further £4m potentially being shelled out in add-ons.
With his defensive teammate Diego Carlos being linked with a move to the Premier League, Sevilla will not consider selling Kounde in January and as such, the Blues will have to wait till summer.