As Jules Kounde nets classy Sevilla goal, update provided on Chelsea’s pursuit
A fresh insight into Chelsea’s efforts to lure Sevilla star Jules Kounde to Stamford Bridge has been provided on Thursday.
Sevilla star eyed
The summer transfer window of course saw French stopper Kounde hotly tipped for a move to west London.
Despite the embarrassment of riches at his disposal, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is understood to have identified Kounde, long highly regarded across the continent, as the missing piece from his Blues backline.
A lengthy saga, in turn, unfolded, as the respective boards at Chelsea and Sevilla went back and forth regarding the 22-year-old’s valuation.
In the end, however, those in a position of power at the latter stood firm.
Monchi and co. are said to have demanded that Kounde’s release clause – worth a sum in the region of €75 – 80 million, be coughed up, or a sale would not be forthcoming.
Sevilla sport director Monchi: “Jules Koundé has chances to leave the club if some club will pay the release clause. Chelsea made a bid last week but we didn’t like it”. 🚨🔵 #Sevilla #CFC
Koundé release clause is around €75/80m. Sevilla have no intention to negotiate. pic.twitter.com/WQaZKVsU0U
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
And Chelsea, as a result, were left with little choice but to abandon their efforts to lure the Frenchman to the English capital.
Fresh summer swoop
The months since, however, have seen speculation continue to swirl that the Blues could yet reignite their pursuit in the winter transfer window, of course now upon us.
And, as alluded to above, on Thursday, a fresh insight into the situation has been provided.
On the same night that Kounde opened the scoring (in some style) in Sevilla’s La Liga meeting with Real Zaragoza, journalist Dean Jones has confirmed that Chelsea are indeed still working towards bringing the stopper to London.
It’s composure and quality like this that has Europe’s elite chasing Jules Koundé 👀 pic.twitter.com/SE5faA80xW
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) January 6, 2022
It is understood that negotiations remain ongoing between the two clubs, albeit with one caveat.
Marina Granovskaia and co. are not working towards thrashing out a transfer for this month, but instead the summer, at which point it is likely Sevilla will have opened further to a potential sale:
“Chelsea are definitely still talking to Sevilla for Jules Kounde. Not necessarily for January but to start sorting out an agreement for the summer.”
– @DeanJonesSoccer on @SiandDanTalkCFC today.
Full Transfer Special Episode here 👇https://t.co/Ol4i5GLakg pic.twitter.com/hqBCNaoFhY
— Simon Phillips (@siphillipssport) January 6, 2022
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