Football rumours: Chelsea closing in on deal for Jules Kounde

What the papers say

Chelsea seem to be on the verge of securing the transfer of the Sevilla defender jules konde. The Guardian reports that the two clubs are close to reaching a deal for the 23-year-old, however there may yet be some late drama with rumors that Barcelona are looking to pounce on the French international.

Remaining with Chelsea, the Evening Standard says the Blues are also in talks with Paris St. Germain over a £50m deal to Presnel Kimpembe. Despite the Blues’ strong interest in the 26-year-old defender, club bosses are concerned that he will ultimately turn down the offer in favor of staying in the French capital.

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Presnel Kimpembe of Paris St Germain (John Walton/PA)

Crystal Palace is preparing a move for the Bayern Munich centre-back Chris Richardsaccording to the Daily Mail. The arrival of Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus is expected to push the US international down the pecking order, with the 22-year-old likely to seize the prospect of a club switch if the two teams They can agree on a fee.

The Guardian says Nottingham Forest are considering an approach for the former Manchester United midfielder jesse lingard.

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Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta (Adam Davy/PA)

César Azpilicueta: Marca say Chelsea are willing to let the defender go to Barcelona once they have secured a replacement for the 32-year-old.

Nicolo Zaniolo: Tottenham are interested in the Roma winger, reports Calciomercato.