Report: Chelsea could secure cheaper deal for 23-year-old as club 'obliged' to sell
Chelsea should be able to secure a summer deal for Jules Kounde for a relatively low price due to Sevilla’s financial issues, according to Spanish publication AS.
The Blues are reportedly back in the hunt for the 23-year-old, having previously failed to sign him last summer.
Sevilla’s decision not to accept Chelsea’s previous offer, according to AS, also did not sit well with Kounde.
Signing Kounde in January would have been a sensible move for Chelsea, who have had to deal with Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah’s injuries, but Sevilla are understandably reluctant to sell a key player mid-season.
The report claims Sevilla would only let the France international leave for his full €80million (£66.5m) release clause.
In the summer, it would be a completely different story, however.
AS mentioned that Sevilla are reportedly “obliged” to raise money from player sales to balance the books before July, and Kounde seems to be the most likely candidate.
The report further added that if nothing unusual happens, Chelsea should be able to secure the deal with Sevilla for “a little more” than €50m (£41.6m).
Chelsea will reportedly try to reach an agreement before the summer, to avoid having to potentially compete with more clubs which would only increase the player’s price — similar to Matt Law’s recent claim.
The France international had 17 starts in La Liga this season, mostly playing as a right-sided centre-back in a back four.
Chelsea could lose a few key defenders; Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Cesar Azpilicueta, whose contracts expire at the end of the season.
So, Chelsea might be in the market for even more defenders in the summer.