Report: Chelsea have just a week left to make £52m signing, he really wants to join them

Sevilla have reportedly set Chelsea a deadline of a week to meet their asking price for Jules Kounde.

According to 90min, if the Blues don’t meet these demands the requested fee will rise significantly.

Chelsea have been keen to add Kounde to their ranks for over a year now, with the deal falling apart at the final stages last summer.

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While the club registered interest as soon as last season came to an end, Barcelona threatened to hijack the deal from under their noses.

However, developments over the past few hours have seen the Blues reaffirm their interest in the Frenchman, apparently looking to get the deal over the line in the near future.

This rumoured change of heart could meet Sevilla’s needs too, with 90min suggesting they are keen to put the saga behind them.

The report suggests the Blues are unconcerned with the Catalan club’s interest in the defender, while they also claim Kounde is still extremely keen on a move to London.

Chelsea set Kounde deadline

Tuesday 5th July is the date Sevilla have allegedly set as the deadline for their current asking price, which is £52m.

The news comes as Chelsea fans are beginning to get more and more agitated at the lack of activity in terms of defenders.

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The France international’s versatility to play both full-back and centre-back was a main selling point originally for a move to the club, with him seeming the perfect replacement for the potential outgoing Cesar Azpilicueta.

The rumoured signing of Kounde would likely not be the only addition to Thomas Tuchel’s side, with Matthijs de Ligt and Nathan Ake heavily rumoured to be on the club’s radar. With the Frenchman’s strengths on the right-hand-side, Todd Boehly could look to the Manchester City man to achieve balance in the future backline.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.