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Chelsea to use Ziyech as makeweight in talks for Sevilla defender Kounde

Chelsea are ready to use Hakim Ziyech as a makeweight in talks for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

AS says Chelsea are willing to offer Ziyech to Sevilla in a player-plus-cash deal to bring Kounde to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are understood to be in the market for a centre-back in the summer, with AS stating that Thomas Tuchel has identified the 22-year-old as an option.

Chelsea are unwilling to activate his £69million release clause, and will instead try to drive the price down by offering one of five players as well as cash.

Moroccan playmaker Ziyech - who only joined the Premier League side from Ajax last year - is said to be one squad member Chelsea would be open to letting go.

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