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As soon as Kounde has signed, one other defender can be allowed to depart (Footage:...
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and target Jules Kounde
As soon as Kounde has signed, one other defender can be allowed to depart (Footage: Getty)

Sevilla defender Jules Kounde’s more and more seemingly transfer to Chelsea is about to set off the primary of an exodus of gamers from Stamford Bridge this summer time, in keeping with stories.

After chasing the France worldwide for the very best a part of a yr, the west London membership are actually assured they’ve gained the race to signal Kounde forward of Barcelona.

The Catalan membership had requested the 23-year-old to delay a choice till that they had extra monetary muscle, however a phone call from Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel satisfied the centre-back to affix the Blues.

It’s not all dangerous information for Barcelona, nonetheless, with Spanish newspaper Sport reporting that Chelsea’s imminent seize of Kounde means the Premier League facet are actually prepared to let captain Cesar Azpilicueta go away.

Barca – who’ve already signed Andreas Christensen on a free switch this summer time – had hoped to signal the Chelsea skipper when his contract was because of expire final month, however he triggered an look clause that activated an extra one-year keep till 2023.

They’ve subsequently held talks with the Blues about shopping for Azpilicueta for a nominal charge, with the veteran defender eager to return to Spain.

Now on the verge of including Kounde to the sooner addition of Kalidou Koulibaly, Chelsea are lastly prepared to log out on the switch and can let Azpilicueta transfer to Camp Nou as quickly as a deal for Kounde is official.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta
Sunday’s pleasant towards Arsenal could possibly be Azpilicueta’s final recreation (Getty)

Barcelona have agreed a charge of €5million (£4.2m) plus varied minor add-ons with Chelsea, whereas Azpilicueta will signal a two-year contract with the choice for a 3rd.

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Proper now, the 32-year-old’s arrival in Catalonia is taken into account a formality by Barca’s hierarchy, although they’re simply ready for Chelsea to wrap up a deal for Kounde.

The west London membership have reassured the versatile Spaniard that the transfer will occur imminently and have been eager to cede to his want to return to his homeland.

Azpilicueta has been a mannequin of professionalism throughout his decade on the Bridge, sustaining these excessive requirements throughout pre-season regardless of his need to affix Barca.

Each golf equipment are at present in the USA on their pre-season excursions and Barcelona are hoping Azpilicueta can hyperlink up with the squad for the second half of their tour.

Sunday’s pleasant Clasico is adopted by a showdown with Juventus in Dallas on Wednesday after which a visit to New Jersey to face the New York Pink Bulls the next Sunday – with Azpilicueta doubtlessly making his debut then.

Barca have additionally been seeking to signal Marcos Alonso to supply cowl and competitors for Jordi Alba, however any transfer should wait till Chelsea have signed a brand new left-back to compete with Ben Chilwell.

Along with the Spanish duo, Tuchel can also be regarded as eager to dump Timo Werner, goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, winger Hakim Ziyech and striker Michy Batshuayi as Chelsea’s hierarchy now focus their attention on outgoings.

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