Chelsea closing in on deal for Jules Kounde?

Chelsea appear to be on the verge of securing a transfer for Sevilla defender Jules KoundeThe Guardian reports the two clubs are close to agreeing on a deal for the 23-year-old, however, there may yet be some late drama with rumors Barcelona are looking to swoop on the French international.

Staying with Chelsea, the Evening Standard says the Blues are also in talks with Paris St Germain over a £50 million (€58m) deal for Presnel Kimpembe. Despite the Blues’ strong interest in the 26-year-old defender, club bosses are reportedly concerned he may ultimately turn down the offer in favor of remaining in the French capital.

Crystal Palace are lining up a move for Bayern Munich center-back Chris Richards, according to the Daily Mail. The arrival of Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus is expected to push the US international down the pecking order, with the 22-year-old likely to jump at the chance for a club switch if the two teams can agree on a fee.

The Guardian says Nottingham Forest, a team whose matches are often ideal for betting live, are mulling an approach for former Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard.

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