Chelsea fans reckon that Jules Kounde’s proposed move to west London is nearly done after Kurt Zouma’s transfer to West Ham was announced.
Zouma, 26, joins West Ham on a four-year contract following protracted negotiations between the two clubs and the intermediaries involved in the deal.
It has been reported that a fee of around £29.8million will be paid to Marina Granovskaia and co. who have now raised around £123m in player outgoings this window.
That money generated from sales has so far been used to sign club-record signing Romelu Lukaku for £98m and could even be splashed in the final days of this summer’s transfer window on Kounde and another central midfielder.
Zouma’s move to West Ham will now prompt the Blues to try and prise away of the best defenders from La Liga before August 31, with Kounde himself making the decision to try and force through the move.
The 22-year-old has been missing as Sevilla drew 1-1 to Spanish side Elche in his absence as he waits in Paris for a breakthrough between the two clubs.
It initially looked like a £42m deal would be agreed between Granovskaia and Monchi but it is understood that the Andalusian-based club are holding out for a fee closer to his £68m release clause.
As time ticks on in Chelsea’s quest to sign the 22-year-old, his French compatriot Zouma was delighted to move across to east London to play for David Moyes’s high-flying Hammers side.
“I’m very happy and very proud,” the 26-year-old said on signing for West Ham.
“My conversation with the manager went very fast. I just felt like he really wanted me to come and join the team, especially a good team that’s started the season very, very well.
“With the great season that West Ham had last year, that gave the team a lot of confidence to improve this year – and I want to help the team do that.”
Here’s how the Chelsea fans reacted.
Here’s how a different selection of Chelsea fans reacted to seeing the first domino falling in the Blues’ centre-half situation.
@portopom explained the domino effect that could occur here: ‘Zouma signed for West Ham which means Chelsea want Kounde which means Sevilla want Sven.’
@TacticalCFC is worried: ‘Zouma has been officially gone for 10 minutes and no Koundé news yet.’
@hoeysloth reckons Kounde could be a great signing if the board get the deal done: ‘Sad to see Zouma go. Was rash but always gave his all. Would love to see Kounde deal done. Think he could be World Class.’
@ChelseaNaija2 confidently put: ‘Kounde inevitable now.’
Even Arsenal fans have been complimentary about Chelsea’s summer dealings and more specifically, their ability to raise sufficient funds through player sales.
@Finn_AFC tweeted: ‘How have Chelsea got £30m for Kurt Zouma. If that was us, we’d have scraped £10m. Replacing him with Koundé as well for just a £12m net spend. Marina Granovskaia deserves a statue outside Stamford Bridge.’
West Ham’s new recruit made over 150 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions. Under former Blues boss Frank Lampard, Zouma became a regular in the first XI, starting 15 of the first 17 Premier League matches last season and the first four of Chelsea’s Champions League matches in 2020.
The next few days of the transfer window will be interesting as the west Londoners look to wrap up a couple of late acquisitions.
football.london understands that a maximum of two more players could arrive before the August 31 deadline passes.