Barcelona 'agree' Jules Kounde fee as Neymar makes major transfer decision amid Chelsea links understands that the Blues are 'extremely confident' about signing Sevilla defender Jules Kounde after verbally agreeing a fee in the region of £55million and agreeing personal terms with the 23-year-old months ago.

Thomas Tuchel recently revealed that he wants to add at least a 'minimum of one more' defender to his squad ahead of next season. Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have already left the club this summer, whilst the futures of Spanish duo Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta remain in doubt.

Kounde has been a long-term transfer target for the west Londoners, but the saga continues after reports in Spain suggest Barcelona are preparing to hijack a deal for the France international, similar to the situation with Raphinha.

Neymar makes major transfer decision

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has broken his silence and potentially ended speculation over his future with the French outfit after the Brazilian was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer. Speaking to AFP, Neymar said: Neymar:

“I want to stay at Paris Saint Germain. No one from the club told me anything about the plans for my future, as things stand. “I don’t know what kind of plans they have for me - I want to stay.”

Bayern Munich send Chelsea Benjamin Pavard message

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard this summer as a potential new addition to Tuchel's squad.

Pavard can play at centre-back and full-back making the France international an attractive proposition in the transfer market, especially for the Blues who are looking for cover in both areas. Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann commented on the Frenchman's future and admitted:

"I really want him to stay, I want to keep him.”

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