Sevilla star Jules Kounde is Chelsea’s top transfer target this summer – just 12 months after a deal for centre-half collapsed at an advanced stage. The Blues have also been credited with an interest in Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly by Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. Koulibaly has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge before, but the defender has just one year remaining on his current deal in Italy and could be available for the right price.
Although Tuchel is facing a major summer rebuild, the Blues chief seems enthused by the challenge. He told football.london: “We are rebuilding, not improving the squad. We are rebuilding. This is always challenging, but we are up for the challenge.
“I don’t know where we are from day one. What I can promise is that I will be here – if I can promise that – I will be here with full energy and positive energy no matter what. We will still work for Chelsea, and I refuse to think of negative scenarios. We will be competitive, on which level we will see.”