Fabrizio Romano proclaimed on Twitter that Emerson Palmieri won’t be used as leverage by Chelsea in a potential move for Jules Kounde.
It was Romano who started the transfer tornado yesterday after reporting that the Blues had begun official talks with Sevilla for Kounde.
The 22-year-old has been on the Premier League’s radar for some time, with plenty of intrigue omitting from Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs were not alone in their pursuit for the Frenchman, as rumbles across London signalled interest from Stamford Bridge.
Top of the centre-back’s agenda if he were to move clubs is guaranteed Champions League action.
Tottenham evidently cannot offer the high-end glamour of domestic football.
Instead, they can present the bite-sized appetiser of the European Conference League.
Chelsea meanwhile, have Europe’s grandest prize in their pocket.
With that request ticked off, the Blues now need to work out a price for Kounde’s services.
Sevilla have slapped a £68.4m (Guardian) release clause on the defender’s shoulders.
Understandably, Marina Granovskaia will want to haggle that fee somewhat.
In order to soften the blow, Chelsea may consider trading in one or two of Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
Romano stated that Kurt Zouma could be a swappable asset.
However, he refuted any idea of Emerson being included in the deal.
Fresh from his European Championship victory with Italy, the left-back is set to return to the English capital with lingering questions regarding his future.
There have been numerous reports linking him with a move back to Serie A, monitored by virtually all the top sides.
After only two Premier League appearances last season and with less than a year left on his contract, it’s understandable if Chelsea did oversee Emerson’s exit.
But apparently not the expense of Kounde’s arrival.