Chelsea are in talks with Sevilla over the potential signing of defender Jules Kounde - and could include offer Kurt Zouma in a swap, Goal can confirm.
Kounde is willing to join the Blues, but Sevilla would only sell for the right price having already raised funds from the sale of Bryan Gil to Tottenham.
The 22-year-old started 33 league matches for Sevilla last season, earning a spot in France's Euro 2020 squad.
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Kounde's record at Sevilla
The centre-back was bought from Bordeaux in 2019 and immediately broke into Sevilla's first-team set-up.
He is considered a prototype for the modern defender - skilled enough with the ball to play both centrally and out wide, and able to quick start counter-attacks by carrying forward or delivering pinpoint passes.
Kounde played primarily in the middle in La Liga, however he was utilised as a right-back in his lone Euro 2020 start for France.
The player has been linked with many of the Premier League's top clubs this summer as competition to catch Manchester City at the top of the table has intensified.
Christensen and Rudiger contract complications
Talks with defenders Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger over new contracts are not advanced despite them having less than a year on their current deals, Goal has reported. As a result, there may be added motivation for the Blues to sign a versatile centre-back this summer.
If the Kounde discussions do not progress, Niklas Sule of Bayern Munich may be another target. Chelsea had been tracking Varane but will now miss out.