Chelsea have ‘strong interest’ in Kounde, end Milenkovic link, Bellingham latest

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia will be looking into the transfer market for any late deals that might help the club in their pursuit of Premier League glory.

Thomas Tuchel has already been backed in the window with the club-record signing of Romelu Lukaku, who will be looking for a second league winners medal in a row after Inter's Serie A triumph.

Despite the exit of Tammy Abraham, many pundits have the Blues down as title favourites following their win over Crystal Palace – and they could yet get even stronger.

Daily Star Sport have taken a look at three moves that remain talking points with the summer transfer window coming to a close, one of which involves strong interest in a defender.

Chelsea have strong interest in £68m move

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Chelsea are said to have a 'strong interest' in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde despite seeing their initial proposals knocked back by the La Liga club.

The 21-year-old France defender is seen as a long-term option for the club going forward but is said to be valued at around £68m following an impressive season and France debut.

The Guardian add that the Blues need to find a buyer for Kurt Zouma for that move to progress, but they remain torn over whether to keep him.

Blues end defender talks

The same report says that Chelsea may still be keen on Kounde, but have ended their interest in Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic.

That deal could've cost in the region of £14m, and might well have been blocked by West Ham snubbing a £25m move for Zouma because of his wage demands.

However, the uncertainty over both Kounde and Zouma did give Trevoh Chalobah a chance to impress in the first-team, and he isn't looking back following a goal on debut in the Premier League.

Jude Bellingham latest

Chelsea could sign Jude Bellingham in a future transfer window as he continues to impress with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

Dean Jones told The Football Terrace podcast that Chelsea do have an eye on the young England international, with Dortmund willing to sell their biggest stars for the right prices.

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said in April when asked about approaches for their players: "Other times, I will tell them: ‘This is the price’. Then they must know this is the price.

"It is not another price. We are very clear. We are very honest.”

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