October 4, 2023

Todd Boehly was unable to lure Jules Kounde to Stamford Bridge this summer, but he may be able to do it this year.

Following rumors that Thiago Silva is drawing interest from outside of Europe, Chelsea may rekindle their interest in one of their failed transfer targets this summer.
According to football. London, multiple unnamed Saudi Arabian clubs are interested in signing the Brazilian and have made contact with the Blues. Silva signed a 12-month contract extension in February, but the club is unlikely to stand in his way if he decides to depart in the summer.
Silva, aged 38, is unlikely to play as important a role in Mauricio Pochettino’s defense next season. After the summer, Benoit Badiashile and Wesley Fofana are projected to be the favored combo, which means Silva might be free to depart.
If a deal for the veteran defense is approved, Todd Boehly may be compelled to return to the transfer market to bolster his alternatives for next season.
Last year, Jules Kounde was widely linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea in advanced talks with Sevilla. Barcelona, on the other hand, was able to overcome its financial constraints and hijack the agreement.
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This season, the 24-year-old helped Barcelona win La Liga, but he spent much of the season at right-back. However, according to Spanish site Sport, Kounde is ‘ready to leave’ the Catalonia club this summer due to Xavi’s broken promises.
According to reports, Kounde chose Barcelona over Chelsea because he was convinced he’d be considered as a central defender this season. Ronald Araujo and Andreas Christensen, on the other hand, have been preferred, forcing Kounde to play right back.

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According to a Spanish newspaper, Chelsea ‘will go’ for the signing and are willing to pay more than the £47.6 million paid for him by Barcelona this time last year.
Under Boehly’s ownership, Chelsea has made significant investments in the center-back position. Over £150 million was spent to bring Fofana, Badiashile, and Kalidou Koulibaly to West London, but defensive problems this season suggest that more reinforcements may be brought in.


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