Tuchel previews Chelsea's Premier League clash with Wolves
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Chelsea’s current defensive woes have thrown up much for Thomas Tuchel to think about in terms of his team’s title challenge. And according to reports, the German has acted upon his side’s poor form by reportedly agreeing contractual agreements with Jules Kounde.
ESPN report that the Blues are still pursuing a move for Kounde, with a January transfer very much on the cards.
The Andalusian side are willing to drop the £68million price tag they initially slapped on the Frenchman which eventually meant a deal could not be done in the summer.
Chelsea boss Tuchel is eager to see defensive improvements with 11 goals having been conceded in the last six games, with the Blues winning just two of those in the process.
And Kounde is reportedly keen on a move to Stamford Bridge, with the framework of a four or five-year contract already being agreed.
A deal is supposedly more likely in the summer months, although a January switch has not been ruled out.
The club were in talks for his services last year, but a move broke down after a fee could not be agreed.
The £98m signing of Romelu Lukaku meant that Chelsea’s coffers were severely impacted.
The La Liga side wanted an £80m release clause to be paid for the 23-year-old, but are now willing to take almost half of that with just two years left on his deal.
With the majority of the Chelsea’s defensive contingent out of contract at the end of the season, the club could act quickly to ensure Kounde is on board for the next campaign.
Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta are all set to depart in the summer if a deal cannot be agreed with any of the quartet.
And no breakthrough has occurred yet, leaving transfer chiefs wary of the situation.
“We have good performances, sometimes very good, but we don’t have the results,” Tuchel recently said on Chelsea’s wobble.
“This is exactly the place where you don’t want to be. If you have bad performances and don’t have the results you just focus on the performance and you speak it out loud.
“You get the performance better. Whatever needs to be done, get it done to increase the possibility of a result. A good performance and no result is the worst place.
“A bad performance and a good result is the best place because you say focus on the performance and we still win and you have the atmosphere.
“I refuse to analyse the Everton match from the result. And if you only look at results in football you can be horribly misled.”
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