Chelsea 'expect' Jules Kounde confirmation today after fresh terms tabled to Sevilla

The impending arrival of Kounde at Stamford Bridge would complete Tuchel’s overhaul of his defence. The German lost key centre-backs Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger to free transfers at the end of last season, with the former ending up at Barca. 

Experienced Senegalese star Koulibaly has since joined Chelsea from Napoli for around £32m. The Blues apparently held an interest in former academy graduate Nathan Ake but were turned down by the now-Manchester City man. They also lost out to Bayern Munich in the race to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus. 

Chelsea have also signed Raheem Sterling from Man City. The England attacker is expected to make his debut against US side Charlotte FC in the early hours of Thursday morning. 

A deal for Kounde would take new chairman Todd Boehly’s spending well above £100m in his first transfer window since replacing sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. 

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