Sevilla president Monchi confirms Chelsea’s interest in Jules Kounde while also allowing for a transfer.
Chelsea have been tracking Sevilla midfielder Jules Kounde all summer and still have a chance to capture him.
According to Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi, the club is still open to selling Jules Kounde provided Chelsea pay enough money.
Throughout the summer, Thomas Tuchel’s men were hot on the trail of the Frenchman, but a deal appeared to be dead in the water as Sevilla reportedly raised their asking price.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Blues have been given new hope by the Andalusian club if they pay Kounde’s £64.5 million (€75 million) release clause.
Kurt Zouma was sold to free up space in the west London club’s defensive department, but Sevilla’s refusal to trade their top player might lead to a last-minute stand-off between the two clubs.
Kounde, 22, joined Los Nervionenses in 2019 for just £21.4 million (€25 million) from Bordeaux, and has since gone from strength to strength at the Ramon Sanchez-Pijuan, catching the attention of the European champions as well as a slew of other clubs.
Ball-playing centre-backs are highly important in Thomas Tuchel’s five-man defense, and the German sees Kounde as the ideal addition to his side.
After selling defenders Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, and Marc Guehi for a total £73 million, the club has enough cash to bring in the Frenchman.
Despite the £42 million sales of Tammy Abraham, Victor Moses, and Davide Zappacosta, the Blues have spent £97.5 million on Romelu Lukaku this summer, meaning they may be forced to spend more to get Kounde after the Andalusian club refused to sell for less than his release clause.