Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea’s transfer chief, is composed as she carries an ace up her sleeve.

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Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea’s transfer chief, is composed as she carries an ace up her sleeve.

Chelsea has had to deal with its fair share of difficulties in the transfer market this summer.

With the exception of Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea has unable to sign some of their more high-profile targets this summer. Unless the Blues spring a surprise on deadline day to resurrect the agreement, Jules Kounde is the latest to fall through the cracks, but their director Marina Granovskaia is optimistic that the Frenchman will be available in the future.

Thomas Tuchel and Granovskaia, who have been linked with both Saul Niguez and Kounde, round off the window after monitoring a slew of players this summer.

After a tense day of discussions on Monday, the prospects of signing Kounde are not much brighter, with the Saul deal being ‘completely frozen.’

Sevilla is playing hardball when it comes to selling their star defense until someone pays his £68 million release clause, which is quite unsurprising.

“Jules Koundé has chances to leave the club if a team pays the release clause,” their sporting director Monchi remarked. Chelsea made a bid last week, but we didn’t think it was good enough.”

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Given Manchester City’s failed pursuit of the centre-back last summer, when Sevilla turned down their £50 million offer, their hard position should be quite predictable.

According to The Telegraph, Granovskaia remains cool because she believes there will be additional possibilities to entice Kounde down the road.

He’s only 22, so the longer he’s in Spain, the more he’ll mature and improve.

Although the youngster’s contract does not end until 2024, the closer he gets to that point, the more Sevilla will have to consider cashing in.

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Based on the club’s obstinacy in recent transfer windows, the player is unlikely to sign a new contract in Spain if he wants to leave in the future.

If Sevilla maintains their tenacity and Chelsea fails to sign their man this summer, the Blues will most likely have enough defensive depth to avert disaster.

“Brinkwire Summary News,” by Kurt Zouma.

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