March 23, 2023

Chelsea have reportedly made an offer to Sevilla for Brazilian winger Kenedy as part of a player-plus-cash deal for centre back Jules Kounde.

The Blues have made Kounde, a 22-year-old French defender, their top defensive target, but they are hesitant to pay his £68 million release clause.

As a result, Thomas Tuchel wants to add a makeweight, but after Kurt Zouma threatened to refuse to participate in any swap deal, Kenedy is now the player being offered, according to The Sun.

Sevilla, on the other hand, are not interested in Kenedy as part of any potential transfer for their star player Kounde, according to Goal.

Last week, Sportsmail learned that fellow French centre back Zouma was not interested in being involved in any trade, preferring instead to join West Ham.

Zouma’s objective right now is to move across London to join the Hammers for next season.

Kounde is valued at roughly £50 million by Sevilla, and Zouma’s projected inclusion in the transaction would have relieved Chelsea’s financial load.

Zouma is valued at roughly £25 million by Chelsea, but it’s unclear whether West Ham are willing to pay that much.

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