“He’s (Kounde) a fantastic player,” former Chelsea center-back Frank Leboeuf has told ESPN. “He has everything. He is a warrior. He never gives up. He has everything. He is the future for sure.
“Maybe it’s an opportunity for Chelsea to get him maybe not this season, but next season.
“I don’t know what Kounde wants to do in his life if he’s ready to be on the bench more than he thinks he will be. It’s up to him. It would be a good signing for Chelsea.”
Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano reports that the Blues are still around €10m short of Sevilla’s valuation of the France international. The Andalusians demand €40-45m plus Kourt Zouma for Kounde.
While Chelsea would arguably have no problem with raising their bid, Zouma reportedly doesn’t want to leave London for Spain – something that has been the biggest stumbling block for bringing Jules to the Bridge so far.