Chelsea are prepared determined to do whatever it takes to sign Jules Kounde according to  The Athletic

Blues are continuing their push to sign Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde and may have to offer a third different player to land the defender.

Chelsea are looking to bolster their back-line this summer and have made Kounde their top defensive target, offering a player-plus-cash deal of £30million plus Kurt Zouma.

However, their opening bid was rebuffed by Sevilla, who would prefer a straight cash offer and value their 22-year-old defender much closer to his £68m release clause.

Chelsea have already offered both Emerson Palmieri and Zouma to try and sweeten the deal, but now The Athletic claim Sevilla have their eye on a different defender.

Sevilla are big admirers of Andreas Christensen and could be tempted into entertaining a player-plus-cash swap deal if the Danish centre-back is included. However, Chelsea want to keep the 25-year-old and have opened talks over a new contract, with the Dane’s current deal set to expire next year.

Zouma, meanwhile, is not convinced by a move to Sevilla and would prefer to stay in London, with West Ham keen to try and sign him.

According to The Athletic’s report, Chelsea are prepared to do ‘whatever it takes’ to secure a deal for Kounde and will look to sign the defender irrespective of whether or not Sevilla agree to take a player in part exchange.