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Sevilla ‘willing to sell Jules Kounde to Chelsea ahead of Man Utd if they include Hakim Ziyech in swap transfer’

SEVILLA are interested in Chelsea playmaker Hakim Ziyech as part of the Blues’ bid for Jules Kounde, according to reports in Spain.

French defender Kounde is rumoured to be one of the hottest properties of the summer transfer market.

Jules Kounde has made himself a key player for title challengers Sevilla
Hakim Ziyech is yet to cement his place in the Chelsea team

A strong second season with Sevilla has helped put the LaLiga club in position for an unlikely late title challenge.

And Manchester United are said to be monitoring the player, along with Chelsea.

Spanish outlet El Gol Digital have claimed that Ziyech could be key to unlocking the deal.

Selling the midfielder as part of Kounde’s move to West London is reportedly capable of chopping 50 per cent of the transfer fee.

Ziyech is a long-term target of the Andalusians since breaking out with Ajax and has not made himself a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge.

Both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel have used the Moroccan sparingly, awarding him only 13 starts in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old came on as a substitute in Tuesday’s draw at Real Madrid, as he did during the weekend match against West Ham.

Sevilla reportedly want £52million for 22-year-old Kounde.

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It is said that including Ziyech in the deal would still mean paying £26m for the centre-back, even though he cost Chelsea £33m when signing last year.

Tuchel is described as plotting a huge summer spending spree to build a squad capable of winning the Prem title.

Madrid defender Raphael Varane and Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland are just two of the big names linked with the club.

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