Jules Kounde’s move to Chelsea has been thwarted, and Sevilla has received a transfer blow in the form of Sven Botman.
Chelsea are unlikely to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde before the deadline.
According to rumours, Chelsea are set to miss out on a deadline-day move for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde after the Spanish club failed to replace the 22-year-old with Lille’s Sven Botman. The Blues have been linked with a move for Kounde since the start of the transfer season, but with just hours till the deadline, they are no closer to sealing his signature.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has been looking to strengthen his defensive ranks this summer, and Kounde is one of the 47-year-main old’s objectives.
During his time at Sevilla, the 22-year-old has established himself as one of Europe’s best young centre-backs, impressing with his remarkable mobility and refined passing range.
Chelsea had pursued him earlier this summer, and he had allegedly signed personal terms with the club, but Sevilla’s refusal to accept a bargain fee has kept the Blues from finalizing the deal.
Kounde’s current employers are hesitant to negotiate a cheaper price since he has a £77 million release clause.
Sevilla has also stated that he will not be permitted to go unless a replacement is found by the deadline this evening.
Botman, who made 37 appearances in Ligue 1 last season as Lille won their first domestic title in a decade, has been a target for them.
According to trade specialist Fabrizio Romano, the Dutch defender will not be joining Sevilla or any other club this summer.
Wolves have also expressed interest in Botman, but Lille are adamant about keeping their prized asset for at least another season.
As a result of this event, Chelsea may be forced to concede defeat in their chase of Kounde, who is expected to remain in Spain as a result of the situation.
Since the Blues’ formal bid was turned down last week, Sevilla director Monchi indicated earlier on Tuesday that talks have come to a halt.
Monchi told reporters, “The sole written, formal offer from Chelsea came last Wednesday, about 5pm.”
“We were unhappy with the offer, which was contingent on Chelsea selling a player. It was a reasonable rate, however it didn’t match our requirements.
“We countered with a counter-offer with a Friday expiration date…” Brinkwire Summary News.