Florentino Perez makes a last-minute transfer to Real Madrid, dealing Chelsea a significant blow.
Chelsea’s intentions could be thwarted as the transfer deadline approaches.
Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, may be about to sabotage Chelsea’s transfer ambitions by signing Jules Kounde from Sevilla. All summer, the defender has been linked with a move to Chelsea. Kounde appears to be a wanted man, and Chelsea has been attempting to reach an agreement to bring him to west London.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel like a five-man defense with ball-playing centre-backs, and Kounde might be the guy to fill that role as Chelsea prepare to challenge for the Premier League title.
Chelsea are reportedly interested in a swap agreement to reduce Sevilla’s asking price for Kounde, but the Spanish club demands that Chelsea pay the player’s entire release clause.
Negotiations are underway, but Perez’s Real, according to Spanish outlet Onda Cero, may be poised to step in at the eleventh hour.
Real Madrid lost key defenders Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane this summer, both of whom have been fixtures in the team for years.
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Ramos finally joined PSG after being allowed to leave the Bernabeu for free at the end of his contract, while Varane was sold for £34 million to Manchester United.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team, on the other hand, recruited David Alaba from Bayern Munich this summer, and the Austrian has appeared in all three of Real’s first games.
Meanwhile, Kounde started both of Sevilla’s La Liga games this season, helping the team to back-to-back triumphs over Rayo Vallecano and Getafe.
But, as rumors about his future grew, he was left out of the team for Saturday’s draw with Elche.
Despite recent rumours to the contrary, Sevilla sporting director Monchi admits Chelsea is the team attempting to sign the player.
“Chelsea made the only written, formal offer last Wednesday at 5 p.m.,” Monchi claimed this week.
“We weren’t happy with the offer, which was contingent on Chelsea selling a player. It was a reasonable rate, however it didn’t match our requirements.
“Since Friday night, we haven’t communicated with Chelsea. We all agreed that Jules should not travel to Elche.
“It’s natural for players to be affected by any kind of news.”
Monchi also disputed the validity of Kounde’s release clause. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”