Chelsea’s pursuit of Jules Kounde ‘is OVER with Blues unwilling to meet Sevilla’s new price tag after they demanded an extra £13MILLION despite already agreeing on a fee’ in blow to Thomas Tuchel
- Chelsea have reportedly abandoned their chase for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde
- The Blues appeared close to agreeing a £43m deal to land the defender
- However, Sevilla have hiked his price up by £12.8m, to Chelsea’s frustration
- Kounde is Thomas Tuchel’s top defensive priority but a deal appears far off
Chelsea’s pursuit of Jules Kounde is reportedly over with the Blues unwilling to meet Sevilla’s new valuation of the Frenchman after the Spaniards unexpectedly hiked his price up.
Kounde, 22, appeared destined to move to Stamford Bridge this summer with Chelsea and Sevilla reaching an agreement over a £43million fee for the defender.
However, The Athletic reports that Chelsea have now halted their swoop for Kounde, in a concerning blow with just hours before the summer window slams shut.
Jules Kounde’s move to Chelsea appears to be over, in a blow to Blues boss Thomas Tuchel
Earlier reports had suggested that Sevilla’s new price for Kounde was £68.5m – a figure much closer to his release clause – while The Athletic report that the price has increased by £12.8m.
The Blues have, as a result, decided not to increase their offer and will elect to be left with their current defensive options until the January transfer window.
Despite selling Kurt Zouma to West Ham for £30m, Thomas Tuchel has plenty of defensive options at his disposal, including Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James,
The 22-year-old had appeared destined to seal a £43m switch to Stamford Bridge this summer
However, the Athletic reports that the Spaniards have added £12.8m to Kounde’s valuation
The German is, though, understood to have discussed Kounde’s potential arrival with senior members of the squad.
If no compromise is reached before Tuesday’s deadline, the Blues will have made just one signing this summer, with Romelu Lukaku returning to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan in a £98m deal.
Kounde’s increase in value follows Zouma’s sale to West Ham, while the Spaniards have encountered complications in their pursuit of Lille’s Sven Botman – widely regarded as their top target to replace the Frenchman.
Botman, who is also being pursued by Wolves, has been deemed too expensive by Sevilla, although cash-strapped Lille are believed to be looking to cash in before the close of the window.
The latest development comes after Kurt Zouma left Chelsea for West Ham in a £30m deal
Sevilla had earmarked Lille’s Sven Botman as their top target to replace Kounde at the club
Various reports suggest that Kounde is keen to seal his move to Chelsea this summer and he missed his side’s LaLiga clash at Elche over the weekend, travelling to link up with the France squad instead.
Sevilla president Jos Castro has made it clear to Chelsea and other potential suitors that Kounde will be available, but only for the right price.
‘At the moment, Kounde is a Sevilla player,’ Castro said. ‘What we have done this year is strengthen, we have signed six players.
‘We want to have a potent team. We always study the offers when they arrive, but days are running out. At the moment, there is nothing.’
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