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Chelsea transfer round-up: price of Kounde deal revealed

Chelsea have had a quiet start to the summer transfer window with no major arrivals with just over two weeks to the start of the new Premier League season.

The Blues confirmed their first arrival of the summer on Wednesday as goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli signed on a two-year contract following his exit from Fulham.

The club are also in discussions with Sevilla over the transfer of star central defender Jules Kounde, who could become the club’s keynote signing of the summer.

There is still likely to be me multiple exits from a bloated first-team squad to help funds the Blues transfer desires, with a new striker another target for the club.

With that in mind, Mirror Football brings you the latest transfer activity from Stamford Bridge.

Kounde valuation revealed

Chelsea are in active negotiations with Sevilla for the transfer of highly-rated central defender Jules Kounde.

The France international has a release clause of €80million (£68million) at the Spanish club but the Blues are looking at ways of diluting that fee.

Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims that central defender Kurt Zouma is the player who will move the other way as part of the deal, with his valuation knocking a significant amount from the transfer fee.

Romano claims that the Blues are currently offering €30-35million to complete the operation alongside Zouma moving to Andalusia.

It is unclear if that will be enough for Sevilla to accept, with a report in ESPN claiming that the record Europa League holders value the defender at €70million – just €10million less than his release clause.

Zouma has a contract at the Blues through to the summer of 2023 but has dropped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, opening up the possibility of an exit this summer

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