CHELSEA have reportedly made contact with Sevilla again to try and finally get a transfer deal done for Jules Kounde.
The Frenchman has become one of Europe’s top centre-backs after some fine performances for club and country.
Reports previously emerged that 23-year-old Kounde has already agreed a five-year contract to join Thomas Tuchel’s team.
But the Blues are yet to agree a figure with Sevilla after being priced out of a deal last summer.
That had led to them looking elsewhere for alternatives after the club’s takeover by Todd Boehly.
And the recent departure of chief Marina Granovskaia from Stamford Bridge disrupted talks between Chelsea and Sevilla.
Now Sevilla news outlet Orgullo De Nervion have claimed that a deal could now be back on for Kounde.
They state that Chelsea have “opened negotiations” and want to get the transfer completed “as soon as possible”.
The Blues have also allegedly told the LaLiga outfit that they will send a new proposal which will be closer to Sevilla’s £65m asking price.
That figure has already ruled Barcelona out of the running to sign Kounde.
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The star recently caused concern during the international break after an old pelvic problem flared up.
Sevilla were privately fuming that Kounde opted to play for France against Croatia in the Nations League, while carrying the knock and risking the deal.
The defender has since undergone surgery but is expected to be fit for the start of the campaign.