Chelsea are hopeful of striking a deal to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde after the Frenchman indicated a willingness to move to Stamford Bridge.
The France international has established himself as one of the most promising centre-backs in Europe during his two seasons with Sevilla.
The 21-year-old impressed for the Spaniards last season until they were knocked out of the Champions League by Dortmund.
Kounde’s now got a taste for Europe’s premier competition and he watched on as Chelsea lifted the Champions League in May by beating Manchester City.
Thomas Tuchel is keen to strengthen his defence and Gianluca Di Marzio says the Blues have now opened official negotiations with Sevilla over a deal for Kounde.
Kounde is said to have said ‘yes’ to Chelsea’s proposal, meaning the Blues need only to agree a fee with the La Liga club.
Sevilla reportedly value Kounde at around £50m and Chelsea could help to raise funds for the defender by offloading Kurt Zouma.
Tottenham are interested in signing the 26-year-old and Chelsea would accept bids of around £21m for his services.