Sevilla director Jose Maria Cruz de Andres has confirmed that centre-back Jules Kounde is looking to leave the club this summer, with Chelsea expected to snap the Frenchman up.

The Blues thought they had a deal for Kounde wrapped up last summer, only for a late shift in asking price to see the move collapse, but they have never lost interest and 90min understands they have long been confident of getting this signing done this time around.

With Todd Boehly now officially running the show at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are free to pursue new signings once again and the belief is that Kounde will be one of the first names through the door, if not the first.

Speaking to Sport Witness, Cruz confessed that Kounde is looking to leave to test himself at a higher level.

“The case with Jules Kounde is very similar to the case of Diego Carlos. Not in the timing because we received offers for Jules Kounde in the last two seasons but always in the summer market,” he said.

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