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£20 million wiped off asking price as Chelsea get boost in chase to sign defender

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Sevilla have reportedly wiped £20m off the asking price for Chelsea target Joules Kounde.

Big-money bids for the 22-year-old centre-half are being mooted heading towards the summer transfer window, with reports in the media suggesting that Thomas Tuchel  is keen to improve that back-line he has.

Liverpool have also been mooted as a possible landing spot for Kounde, with Jurgen Klopp expected to target another centre-half in the next window after seeing his options at Anfield decimated by injury this season.

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According to the Sun, Kounde was previously priced at £70m, the paper reports, but Sevilla would reportedly now take £50m for the centre-back in the summer transfer window amid the covid-19 issues.

The news comes after the likes of Chelsea were told that Kounde has the potential to play for a big European club

Diego Carlos told the Daily Mail when quizzed on Kounde’s potential: “Yes, he has quality and he can play for great European clubs.

“He is a young player who can still improve over time, he has got great qualities, he is very strong and I am sure he can play for a big club as a great defender. We have good communication on and off the pitch and we have a good relationship.

“To have a strong defence, we also need all the other players to help us and we can help them to attack, so Kounde really looks to attack too and like all the other midfielders, we all help each other and we are a good team in attack and defence.”

We will need to improve that defence in the summer transfer window, and although Kounde is very talented, the club would still need to go out and add a premium centre-back to the squad.

He is not yet ready to help lead the back-line, which Tuchel will need for next season.

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