The failure of Jules Kounde’s deal to Chelsea is excellent news for three Thomas Tuchel players.
The move of Jules Kounde to Chelsea has fallen through.
The failure of Chelsea’s attempt to buy Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde will provide good news to three of Thomas Tuchel’s defenders. The Blues have been interested in signing French defender Kounde for two years, but the deal has apparently fallen through after the Spanish club raised their asking price.
The 22-year-old joined the La Liga club from Bordeaux in 2019 and swiftly established himself as a regular starter.
Tuchel’s side has now dropped out of the contest to sign Kounde, according to The Athletic.
Despite a verbal agreement between the two sides, Sevilla has increased their price tag by £13 million, according to the outlet.
The Brazilian defender has only played 45 minutes for the Blues this season, but given the latest news, he could get more action.
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At the weekend, Silva came on for the second half against Liverpool, and his team put on a defensive masterpiece to earn a 1-1 draw.
The former PSG defender was chosen ahead of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Cesar Azpilicueta, but the collapsed transfer will be a welcome boost for Silva, who is eager to reclaim his place in the first squad.
Silva, who is 36 years old, isn’t getting any younger, but he still has a lot to contribute at the highest level.
With Kounde’s arrival, the Blues skipper was also set to get less minutes.
In a back three, Tuchel would have placed Kounde at right-centre back, leaving Azpilicueta to battle with James for the right wing-back position.
James has had a wonderful start to the season, scoring twice and assisting twice in his first three league games, and Azpilicueta may have been overlooked as a result.
The current events with Kounde come just days after it was announced that the 32-year-old would be granted a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
The 22-year-old defender has appeared in two Premier League games for the Blues so far this season, but he would have been left out if Kounde had gone to Stamford Bridge.
Chalobah has already had three loan periods – at Ipswich Town, Huddersfield Town, and Lorient in France – and the arrival of the Frenchman may have resulted in a fourth. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”