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

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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 £68 million (€80.2 million) release clause.
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What the papers say

Kurt Zouma could potentially be used as a makeweight to help in Chelsea’s pursuit of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, according to the Evening Standard. The paper says the Blues are unwilling to meet Kounde’s £68 million (€80.2 million) release clause, but could offer Zouma in a bid to get a deal done after a transfer with West Ham fell through.

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 £30 million (€35.4 million), but Arsenal are looking at an offer of around £20 million (€23.6 million) with add-ons.

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Southampton have accepted a £15 million (€17.7 million) 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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