Sevilla are adamant that they would not accept anything less than Jules Kounde’s release clause of €80million (£68.6m), according to Marca — and Chelsea might be right to delay their move.
“Pay the €80m or the 22-year-old stays”. That is how the Spanish media described Sevilla’s current stance over Kounde’s transfer saga.
Sevilla have reportedly turned down Chelsea’s initial offer of €50m (£42.9m) recently.
Interestingly, despite the English club’s raising a reported £29.8m from Kurt Zouma’s transfer to West Ham, they do not expect the Blues to meet their asking price.
The report also mentioned an existing five-year deal between Chelsea and Kounde on personal terms, which suggests the green light from Sevilla is the only missing piece in the potential deal.
Bear in mind, Kounde did not take part in Sevilla’s La Liga fixture against Elche on Saturday, which, according to El Desmarque, was his forcing a move to Chelsea.
Chelsea might as well wait if Sevilla refuse to negotiate
If, as Marca claims, Sevilla are not willing to accept anything less than the release clause stated in Kounde’s contract, there are very few reasons for Chelsea to rush their move.
After all, Chelsea could always trigger the release clause and walk straight into the La Liga office with the money, without having to negotiate with Sevilla.
Obviously, in this case, Chelsea will not be able to pay in instalments, which might not be financially viable.
However, this approach could force Sevilla to reconsider their stance.
They would still be given additional time to sign replacements if Chelsea activated the release clause on the deadline day, per La Liga regulations, but they would likely have to over the odds for these replacements as well.
An earlier report from The Athletic even claims that Chelsea could postpone their move for Kounde until January — which also makes sense, but is slightly riskier.
Despite Zouma’s departure, Thomas Tuchel still has plenty of defensive options at his disposal, and Kounde is unlikely going to change his mind about joining the club in just a few months.
Although, risks of injury and potential new clubs’ joining the transfer race will be there as well.