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Chelsea draw up five man shortlist as they target Jules Kounde alternative

Chelsea draw up five man shortlist as they target Jules Kounde alternative


Chelsea have drawn up a five man shortlist of alternatives as they look to recover from their disappointment over missing out on defender Jules Kounde.

The Blues were thought to be close to a deal for the Sevilla defender, but Barcelona have once again swooped in to deny them one of their targets this summer, having already done so for Leeds United winger Raphinha.

And, while Chelsea are not totally out of the race for his signature, it seems as though the Blaugrana are firmly in the driving seat.

Chelsea’s alternatives

As a result, 90min report that Thomas Tuchel and co. have already drawn up a list of five alternatives as they look to strengthen a defence that is currently at least one man light, with only Kalidou Koulibaly arriving to fill the gap left by the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer.

Pau Torres is thought to be near the top of the list, with the Villareal centre-back having a release clause in his contract making the deal a relatively easy one to achieve.

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar and RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol are also under consideration, with RB Leipzig’s interest in Timo Werner potential leverage in a deal for the latter.

Chelsea draw up five man shortlist as they target Jules Kounde alternative

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 03: Josko Gvardiol of Leipzig in action during the UEFA Champions League group A match between RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain at Red Bull Arena on November 03, 2021 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Additionally, a pair of Bayern Munich defenders, in the form of Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard, feature, though Pavard may be an easier deal to complete than that of his teammate, who only joined Bayern last summer.


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