Chelsea to reignite Kounde pursuit in January under one condition
A fresh insight into the plans of Premier League giants Chelsea when it comes to Sevilla star Jules Kounde has been forthcoming on Thursday.
Sevilla star eyed
The summer window of course saw French stopper Kounde hotly tipped for a move to west London.
Despite the embarrassment of riches at his disposal, 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 over the last couple of months, 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.
Blues still keen
As outlined above, though, if the latest word stemming from the media on Thursday is anything to go by, then Kounde finally sealing a move to the European champions following the turn of the year cannot be ruled out.
This comes with a fresh insight into the plans of Blues director Marina Granovskaia and co. having been forthcoming on Thursday afternoon.
The info comes courtesy of the reliable James Olley of ESPN, who reports that Chelsea are indeed willing to reignite their pursuit upon the opening of the January window.
The Pensioners, however, will only sanction a transfer under one condition: That Sevilla agree to drop their asking price for Kounde, to a fee in the region of €50 million.
#cfc are interested in pursuing a deal for Kounde in January but Sevilla will need to drop their demand of paying the defender’s release clause. Piece: https://t.co/fApNBs2rRu
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) September 9, 2021
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