Chelsea have been seeking Sevilla defender Jules Conde for some time, and despite losing him last year, it looks like this summer will finally be the time when the Blues will get their player.
Conde, 23, has been a long-term defensive target for Thomas Tuchel, and although the Londoners agreed to personal terms with him last summer, the move ultimately failed, leaving the France international with no choice but to continue in Spain.
Speaking at the time about Conde’s failed move to Stamford Bridge, Seville president Jose Castro, who spoke to the media, according to the British Guardian newspaper, reported. The club’s official websiteHe said: “We have all had losses this year, but we would have made a profit had we sold Koundé. Our decision not to sell shows how strong we are economically.”
However, a year later, the 23-year-old is as close to leaving the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium as he has ever been.
According to a recent report by prominent transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Todd Buhlez Blues sent the proposed deal papers during the early hours of Friday morning with the hope of finally completing a £55m deal.
Chelsea sent papers to Seville for Conde’s deal overnight, pushing them to cross the line. Details after the bid on Wednesday: £55m deal, 5-year contract. ?? #CFC
Chelsea are still waiting for Sevilla’s final approval to avoid new attempts from Barcelona today. pic.twitter.com/ENyludBTSS
– Fabrizio Romano July 22 2022
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Jules Conde to Chelsea?
If the Premier League giants finally land their first target, it will send a huge signal of intent to the rest of Europe.
The Blues are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements after the departures of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger earlier in the summer on free transfers after failing to extend their contracts, so Conde will prove to be an excellent addition.
The young defender is also a player who is still near his peak, so Tuchel will have plenty of time to mold him into the type of defender he wants. Not only that, but he is incredibly versatile and can play in almost any position across four or five team defenses.