Chelsea and Sevilla have reportedly entered talks over a deal that will take defender Jules Kounde to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Sources told ESPN that the deal could be worth around €70 million — €10m less than Kounde’s buyout clause.
The Champions League holders are considering including Kurt Zouma in the deal, according to ESPN, to lower the transfer fee but Chelsea are yet to set a value on the France defender.
Kounde has been a top transfer target for Spanish giants Real Madrid as former coach Zinedine Zidane is believed to be a big admirer, but the interest fell as soon as Zidane left last season.
Kounde, who has a contract at Sevilla until 2024, made 34 league appearances last season to help the club qualify for the Champions League.
The 22-year-old was part of France’s squad at Euro 2020 this summer and made one appearance in the 2-2 draw with Portugal. He did not play in Tuesday’s warmup 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.