Sevilla are not satisfied with Chelsea’s initial offer for Jules Kounde and reluctant to let go of the defender for less than his full “market value”, according to Goal.
The report described it as “market value”, but it seems to be more of an asking rather than the former.
The La Liga side reportedly want €80million (£68m) for the 22-year-old.
In other words, Sevilla expect Chelsea to meet Kounde’s release clause, or at least get very close to it — and they prefer cash.
On the other hand, Chelsea are keen on a player-plus-cash deal instead, having initially offered Kurt Zouma plus €35m (£30m), the report claims.
The report further added that while Sevilla might still accept Zouma as part of the deal, they would want more money from the deal, in the region of €45m (£38m).
Given the gap between Chelsea’s initial offer and Sevilla’s demand is just around £8m, an agreement seems likely at this point.
Also, Kounde himself has already expressed his desire to switch clubs despite being under contract at Sevilla until 2024.
“I may have to change clubs this summer. I have not decided anything,” the France international said in May (Goal).
“My goal is, one day, to evolve into a great club to always try to progress, win trophies.”
Sevilla will still have the final say on this matter, though, and Chelsea might have to fork out a few more millions to meet their demand.