According to The Guardian, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has doubts about signing Sevilla defender Jules Kounde regarding his ability to prosper in the Premier League given his short height, writes the ASBTF.
Over the past few weeks, Barcelona and Chelsea have engaged in a fierce transfer battle over Kounde. Chelsea scouted for other players this summer, but their inability to land Matthijs de Ligt and Nathan Ake pushed them to look to Kounde.
Chelsea put in a bid for the French international in the region of £55 million, and they had a transfer agreement with Sevilla. And for a time, it appeared as though they were ready to sign the 23-year-old sensation, but Barcelona were spurred into action once their second economic lever was pulled.
It is now believed that Chelsea’s German manager might not be fully convinced about signing the 5ft 10in defender as the France international’s diminutive height worries him. Tuchel is looking for fresh centre-back options to bolster his defence before the next season.
There are presently four established first-team centre-back options for the Blues, including Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly, who was acquired from Napoli in order to back up Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr, and Thiago Silva.
Tuchel, however, might believe that he needs another defender who can play on the left of the central three because he has used his customary 3-4-1-2 system since joining Chelsea at the beginning of 2021, utilising it to create the Blues’ European glory.