Chelsea talks with Sevilla for Jules Koundé appear to be progressing steadily, with the latest reports making it sound like a part-exchange deal could actually be happening, which would involve Kurt Zouma in addition to Chelsea paying a transfer fee of €30-35m. Such arrangements are rare, but there is precedent in Sevilla arranging a similar deal with Spurs for Bryan Gil (Erik Lamela + €25m) just the other day.
Chelsea and Sevilla are discussing to reach an agreement for Jules Koundé/Kurt Zouma swap deal. Talks progressing - Chelsea now offering around €30/35m and Zouma included in the negotiation. #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 28, 2021
Personal terms are not a problem for Koundé who’s waiting to join Chelsea.
One of the reasons swap deals are rare is because they involve double the moving parts of a standard transfer, which are already complicated enough with just one player involved. But Zouma, who has two years left on his contract, “seems to be open” to a move to sunny Spain — though his wages could prove a stumbling block.
Kurt Zouma - que Chelsea aimerait transférer à Séville pour faire baisser le prix de Jules Koundé - n’a pour le moment discuté avec aucun des deux clubs. Son salaire pourrait être un frein pour les Andalous.— Julien Maynard (@JulienMaynard) July 28, 2021
Récemment Crystal Palace s’est renseigné sur la situation du défenseur. https://t.co/wygihHD1C7
Sevilla reportedly value Koundé at around €65m, which would make Zouma’s transfer value about half that amount, with Chelsea making up rest in cash. Sevilla had rejected a €55m approach last summer from Manchester City, but apparently are willing to settle for a little less than the €80m release clause in the 22-year-old’s contract.
In any case, things seems to be progressing well, though Koundé going to have a fair bit of expectation to live up to if we (essentially) end up giving up Zouma, Tomori, and Guéhi for him!