Chelsea linked with double transfer swoop for La Liga duo Saul and Kounde

Thomas Tuchel’s side may not be finished just yet when it comes to transfer dealings as the window’s end edges ever closer, the Blues boss keen on two stars from Spain

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Chelsea have enjoyed a solid start to proceedings in terms of the new league season, taking seven points from their opening three games.

An opening day 3-0 routine victory over Crystal Palace was swiftly followed by yet another comfortable victory at the home of London rivals Arsenal, who look hideously out of shape in comparison to their west London foes.

Their third game of the season proved to be the sternest test, a daunting trip to Anfield was made even more difficult after they played the majority of the game with ten men following Reece James’s red card in the latter stages of the first half.

Thomas Tuchel was delighted with his team’s efforts at Anfield (REUTERS/Peter Powell)

However, boss Thomas Tuchel has clearly instilled a newfound grit and determination in this Chelsea side who were in disarray when the German first arrived at the beginning of the year.

Tuchel’s men held firm despite swathes of Liverpool pressure to come away with a hard-fought point after Kai Havertz opener was cancelled out by Mohamed Salah’s spot-kick.

The last two days of the window could prove to be busy for Chelsea, who expect at least one outgoing and could spring a surprise in terms of new arrivals.

With that being said, here is Mirror Sport’s Chelsea transfer round-up for Monday, August 30.

Jules Kounde on cusp of Chelsea move

Jules Kounde is expected to join Chelsea in the coming days


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Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of securing a deal with La Liga outfit Sevilla for their central defender Jules Kounde, thought to be worth around £42m.

The Blues, along with a number of the continent’s biggest sides, have been keeping tabs on Kounde’s situation throughout the summer – such is the 22-year-old’s potential.

Despite becoming one of the most defensively astute sides in the league, both Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have entered the final 12 months of their contract and Tuchel is keen to have at least one top-tier defender tied to Stamford Bridge on a long-term deal while the aforementioned duo continue to stall over a new contract.

As Kurt Zouma’s move to West Ham was finally confirmed on Saturday evening, Chelsea are another centre-back lighter and are desperate to bolster their options before the window closes.

The west Londoners have completed just one major deal so far this summer, coming in the form of Romelu Lukaku who parted ways with Inter Milan after the Blues mustered up £97.5m.

Kounde is expected to be the second high-profile acquisition Chelsea make before midnight on Tuesday.

Saul Niguez deal at the ‘very hot’ stage

Saul Niguez has been linked with a number of Premier League sides this summer

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has been touted with a move to just about every top six Premier League side over the course of the summer.

Originally Liverpool-bound, Saul was then the subject of intense interest from Manchester United, but with just 48 hours of the window left – Chelsea appear to be leading the race for his signature.

As per AS via Sport Witness, Chelsea have been in talks with the La Liga side over a move for the 26-year-old in recent weeks and negotiations have now entered the ‘very hot’ stage.

Saul is thought to be desperate to leave Atleti after falling out of favour under boss Diego Simeone, despite the fact he penned a huge nine-year contract in 2017 that still has five years left to run.

Chelsea are open to the idea of taking Saul on loan, though the hold up in negotiations stems from the two sides debating over whether an option or obligation to buy would be included in the deal.

A recent Goal report claimed that the Spain international has been offered to Chelsea on loan with an option to buy set at in between £34 million and £40 million.

Misfiring midfielder expected to exit

Tiemoue Bakayoko has struggled to impress during his four years at Chelsea


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Few signings in recent years have turned out as poorly for Chelsea than that of Tiemoue Bakayoko – the Frenchman never really recovering from a disastrous debut season at Stamford Bridge.

Bakayoko has been spotted in Italy as he looks set to complete a permanent deal with A.C Milan – ending his west London nightmare once and for all.

The midfielder is no stranger to the San Siro, having spent the 2018/19 campaign with the Serie A giants on loan, making 42 appearances and bagging just one goal.

The 27-year-old has also spent time on loan with Milan’s league rivals Napoli, where he went some way to reviving his faltering career.

Though his move to A.C. Milan is expected to be a loan deal, his days at Chelsea are all but numbered and the deal will contain an option to buy that becomes an obligation should certain factors be met.

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