Chelsea ‘leads Man Utd to race for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde – and will offer Hakim Ziyech in swap deal

Chelsea are reportedly ready to strike an astonishing player-plus-cash deal involving Hakim Ziyech in a bid to bring in Jules Kounde from Sevilla.

Looking for a center-back this summer, Thomas Tuchel wants to bring Kounde, a long-term Manchester United target, to Stamford Bridge.

According to reports in Spain, Chelsea are on pole position to land the 22-year-old and is willing to use Ziyech as a stopover to seal a deal, despite having £ 37.8 million on him last summer sprayed.

Chelsea are on pole position to sign sought-after Sevilla defender Jules Kounde (right)

Chelsea are on pole position to sign sought-after Sevilla defender Jules Kounde (right)

Spanish reports claim Chelsea will offer Hakim Ziyech to Sevilla in an attempt to secure Kounde

AS report that Chelsea is reluctant to pay the £ 69 million release clause in full and will instead offer Sevilla a player in an attempt to lower its price.

Moroccan playmaker Ziyech, who has been on and off the Chelsea team, hasn’t lived up to expectations since coming over from Ajax, scoring all season with just four goals and the same amount of assists.

The attacking midfielder is one of six players Chelsea could use in a trade deal, but is arguably the most talked about name.

The same publication also claims that Tammy Abraham, Cesar Azpilicueta, Michy Batshuayi, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Kepa Arrizabalaga could be offered to entice Seville to part with their prized possession.

Tammy Abraham (L) and Cesar Azpilicueta (R) are two that can also be offered in exchange

The France Under-21 international is one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe, close to joining Manchester City last season, but Pep Guardiola instead signed Ruben Dias after Sevilla turned down their £ 46 million bid.

Kounde is currently being chased by Chelsea and United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer making it his priority this summer to sign a new defensive partner for Harry Maguire.

United has drawn up a shortlist of alternative goals including Edmund Tapsoba, Raphael Varane, Pau Torres and Ibrahima Konate, although Kounde would have their preference.

The Frenchman is in his second campaign with Sevilla after helping Julen Lopetegui’s side win the Europa League last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) wants a new center-back and is also enthusiastic about Sevilla’s Kounde

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