Chelsea’s prospects of signing Jules Kounde before the transfer deadline have improved as Sevilla’s demands have increased.
Jules Kounde had been a target for Chelsea for a long time.
Chelsea are unlikely to sign Jules Kounde this summer after Sevilla wanted more money in a last-minute deal change. The Frenchman had been touted as the club’s next signing, but the deal appears to have fallen through.
Chelsea are unlikely to sign Kounde because Sevilla wanted more money despite a verbal agreement.
The Blues were set to sign the 22-year-old to replace Kurt Zouma, who was transferred to West Ham for just under £30 million.
Personal conditions with Kounde had previously been agreed upon, and a fee of roughly £52 million had been agreed upon as soon as a deal for Zouma was completed.
However, Sevilla has sought an additional £12.8 million at the last minute, bringing the total cost of the deal close to £65 million.
According to the Athletic, this has led to Chelsea pulling out of the deal, with the possibilities of a deal now looking slim.
Sevilla have struggled to find a suitable successor for Kounde, with Lille’s Sven Botman proving difficult to lure away from the French capital.
The Spanish club does not want to be left empty-handed in their search for a center-back, so they have increased their asking price in an attempt to raise enough money to find someone to fill his shoes.
Chelsea, on the other hand, is refusing to play ball and is poised to pull out of a deal with only two days left in the transfer window.
They’re willing to reconsider a move when the winter market opens in January.
Instead, Thomas Tuchel will stick with his existing lineup, with Trevoh Chalobah expected to play a bigger role after a strong start to the season.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, and Antonio Rudiger are all in the final year of their contracts, which means the backline at Stamford Bridge may be radically different next season.
The former two, on the other hand, appear to be on the verge of signing new contracts, but the latter two could be on their way out.
Rudiger is wanted by Barcelona, Real Madrid, and PSG, while Silva could retire or return to Brazil.
The only major addition to Chelsea this summer has been Romelu Lukaku, while Tammy Abraham, Marc Guehi, and Davide Zappacosta have all left.