Chelsea’s transfer priority in the final 24 hours has been revealed following the breakdown of the Jules Kounde deal.
Chelsea are unlikely to sign Jules Kounde before the deadline of 11 p.m. tonight evening.
Chelsea may have to make a last-minute change to their transfer plans on deadline day, with a move for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde now looking improbable. The Blues have been after the 22-year-old for over a month, but it appears that their efforts will be in fruitless as the summer transfer window closes.
Chelsea thought they had reached an agreement with Sevilla to sign Kounde, who played 49 times in all competitions last season.
According to The Athletic, the La Liga heavyweights have already shifted the goalposts and are now wanting an additional £12.8 million from the European champions.
Chelsea’s dreams of signing their No. 1 target are already in tatters, with just hours until the deadline of 11 p.m. tonight evening.
Despite Thomas Tuchel’s desire to bolster the backline, the club’s failure to bring Kounde to Stamford Bridge may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
The signing of a new midfielder could be a higher priority for the Blues, who have been worried about N’Golo Kante’s health.
The small Frenchman has been dealing with an ankle ailment recently, which forced him off against Liverpool at halftime on Saturday evening.
He is one of Chelsea’s most essential players, but he could use some midfield cover to keep his legs fresh, while Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic would be covered in the event of future injuries.
For a number of weeks, Saul Niguez has been widely connected with a move to west London.
Atletico Madrid are apparently willing to let the 26-year-old leave on a season-long loan if a competent replacement can be found.
Saul is a seasoned professional who has shown to be a vital asset in La Liga, most recently guiding Atletico Madrid to their first title since 2013.
Tuchel would benefit more from his addition to his squad than from a move for Kounde, who is just not needed at Stamford Bridge at the moment.
Tuchel’s defensive ranks are already filled with quality, despite the fact that the latter is definitely one of Europe’s best young centre-backs.
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