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Football rumours: Kurt Zouma to feature in Chelsea deal for Jules Kounde?

The Blues are believed to be unwilling to meet Kounde’s £68m release clause.

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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)

<strong>Kurt Zouma</strong> could potentially be used as a makeweight to help in Chelsea’s pursuit of Sevilla defender <strong>Jules Kounde</strong>, according to the Evening Standard. The paper says the Blues are unwilling to meet Kounde’s £68m release clause, but could offer Zouma in a bid to get a deal done after a transfer with West Ham fell through.

What the papers say

The Daily Mail reports Arsenal and Sheffield United have held new contract talks over goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. The 23-year-old shot stopper is believed to be the Gunners’ No 1 goalkeeper target this summer, but there is a gap in the two clubs’ valuation of the England keeper. Sheffield want £30m, but Arsenal are looking at an offer of around £20m with add-ons.

Southampton have accepted a £15m bid from Leicester for defender Jannik Vestergaard, the Daily Echo says. The 29-year-old is believed to have been brought in to bolster Leicester’s defences following a pre-season injury to Wesley Fofana.

Staying with Southampton, The Telegraph reports Tottenham and Aston Villa are both preparing offers for midfielder James Ward-Prowse. Saints are unwilling to let the 26-year-old go, but their resolve could be tested with Ward-Prose considered a high priority by the bidding clubs.

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Players to watch

Lucas Torreira: Gazzetta dello Sports says Lazio are closing in on a loan deal for the Arsenal midfielder.

Moise Kean: Inter Milan are interested in the Everton striker, according to Sky Sports.

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