A small snippet from Mundo Deportivo reports Jules Kounde still wants to sign for Chelsea.

The Frenchman was the subject of interest from the Blues in the summer window, but they didn’t come close enough to what Sevilla wanted.

It was the same story as a year previously, when Manchester City were keen on signing the defender before they failed and then moved for Ruben Dias instead.

Mundo say Kounde has an ‘agreement with Chelsea’ for a future move. The 23-year-old has reached a preliminary agreement with the Premier League club, which would be related to his wages for a future move.

The report states that a switch in January would be difficult, given how important Kounde is to Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui.

The club want Chelsea to get near the player’s €80m release clause, and the Blues have so far shown no sign of wanting to do that.

Therefore, it’s a case of waiting to see what will happen, and a lot will surely depend on what happens with some of Thomas Tuchel’s defensive contract rebels.