With Sevilla working hard to keep Jules Kounde at the club in the past couple of years, there were never big rumours about his exit this January, even though it’s well known that many clubs want his signing.

Now that doesn’t mean that the interested clubs won’t start moving for a summer transfer. And that’s what Chelsea are already doing, according to today’s report from Tutto Mercato Web.

The website writes that the Blues are coming ‘with strength to try to close the operation’. With Marina Granovskaia leading the attempt, they’re said to be offering an initial payment of €55m plus €5m in bonuses.

Tutto Mercato Web claims the agreement between the clubs ‘seems close’, and the defender could indeed leave Sevilla to join the Blues next summer.

The website recalls that Kounde had turned down an offer from Tottenham Hotspur last August as he wanted to sign for Chelsea, and this time, that could finally happen.

This isn’t the first time something like that is said, as in December, reports from Spain had also been claiming that the defender already has an agreement to move to the Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.