CHELSEA have reportedly been given a free run at signing Jules Kounde.

That’s because Barcelona are unable to meet Sevilla’s £65million asking price.

Chelsea have a free run at Jules Kounde as Barcelona can't afford the Sevilla star

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Chelsea have a free run at Jules Kounde as Barcelona can’t afford the Sevilla starCredit: Getty

The LaLiga giants are already set to snap up Andreas Christensen on a free transfer from Chelsea.

But Marca claims Xavi Hernandez is also keen on signing Kounde to create a new defensive partnership.

The Frenchman has become one of Europe’s top centre-backs after some fine performances for club and country.

And Sevilla feel Kounde should be selling for around £65m this summer.

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However, broke Barcelona do not have that kind of money lying around.

And that opens the door for Chelsea to finally completely a highly-anticipated deal.

It’s reckoned Kounde has already agreed a five-year contract to join Thomas Tuchel’s world champions.

But the Blues are yet to agree a figure with Sevilla after being priced out of a deal last summer.

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Yet with Barcelona seemingly out of the picture, Chelsea can enter negotiations confident they are the only club left in the running.

Newcastle had also been linked with a shock swoop for Kounde this month.

But the ace is determined to play in the Champions League and would not consider a move to St James’ Park.

Kounde has been with Sevilla for three years after joining from Bordeaux.

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He has made 133 appearances for the Spaniards.

And Kounde was part of the side which won the Europa League in 2020.

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