Chelsea have reportedly not given up their pursuit of Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and may look to swoop him up in the next transfer window.
This is according to the Evening Standard, who say the Blues are still monitoring Kounde, with the ambition of possibly signing him in January or the summer.
It appeared for a large proportion of the previous month that Chelsea would sign the Sevilla defender, but the deal broke down at the last minute.
The La Liga side demanded their centre-back’s £68m (Evening Standard) release clause be paid in full.
Understandably, Chelsea were unwilling to match that price, having just about recuperated enough profit to afford Romelu Lukaku’s fee.
Jule in the crown
However, Kounde remains top of the priority list and is not yet out of the Stamford Bridge hierarchy’s sight.
Thomas Tuchel is also said to be involved in this chase. The Evening Standard claim he is a ‘firm admirer’ of the 22-year-old.
Yet, Sevilla might well put up the same blockade they used last time to prevent anyone from stealing their prized possession.
He is still viewed as the club’s shining starlet. The coach, Julian Lopetegui, labelled him an ‘important part of the team’ last September.
At the time, Sevilla had just rejected an offer from Manchester City for Kounde’s services.
Almost 12 months down the last, they are in the same situation but are now holding off the attention of another Premier League giant.
Chelsea’s intrigue feels a lot more solid than City’s.
Plus, the Champions League holders have already made accommodations in an attempt to bring Kounde on board.
Selling Kurt Zouma to West Ham United open’s up a spot in the back-line.
Meanwhile, the Blues will probably be looking to offload Malang Sarr after the New Year.