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Kurt Zouma/ Jules Kounde (Nick Potts/ PA Wire via DPA)

Kurt Zouma/ Jules Kounde (Nick Potts/ PA Wire via DPA)

Kurt Zouma/ Jules Kounde (Nick Potts/ PA Wire via DPA)

Chelsea have been chasing Sevilla defender Jules Koundé throughout this summer's transfer window and now the pieces are falling into place on a deal that looks set to be completed ahead of next Tuesday's transfer deadline.

With Chelsea keen to off-load defenders who are not part of manager Thomas Tuchel's long-term plans, advisers for Blues defender Kurt Zouma has been in talks with West Ham officials over a £25million move in recent days.

While there was initially believed to be some reluctance on Zouma's part to leave the European champions to join West Ham, talks produced a breakthrough on Wednesday night and the players is now expected to undergo a medical with the Hammers.

That could open the door for Koundé to join Chelsea, with Sevilla president Jose Castro confirming they are in talks over a move for their 22-year-old French international defender.

"It is true that there was an offer for Koundé that we turned down,” Castro explained to reporters on Wednesday.

"Right now there is no concrete offer for the player. If it comes, we will look at it as we always have done. If we have to [sell], we will do, as long as those resources can be re-invested in the club to keep improving and expand our trophy cabinet.

"While the market is open, anything can happen. We have players who could leave. Anything can happen this time of year until the 31st. It is a window where there have been few moves in most clubs, but not in ours.

"Of course, Sevilla do not have to sell to Koundé's. Not at all."

If Chelsea collect a £30million fee for Zouma, they will look to negotiate a similar fee with Sevilla to sign Koundé, but the Spanish side are likely to hold out for more after rejecting their initial proposal.

Should all the pieces of this transfer jigsaw fall into place, Chelsea could end this summer breaking even on their net sales and purchases after off-loading a host of fringe players.

Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley could also leave the club if suitors can be found for them in the coming days, but they would have to take a substantial pay cut if they were to leave.

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Spain’s Saul Niguez is reportedly wanted by Premier League clubs (Mike Egerton/PA)

Spain’s Saul Niguez is reportedly wanted by Premier League clubs (Mike Egerton/PA)

Spain’s Saul Niguez is reportedly wanted by Premier League clubs (Mike Egerton/PA)

Meanwhile, Chelsea are in talks with Atletico Madrid over a move for Saul Niguez, but the Spanish champions looking for a big loan fee before agreeing to the move.

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