Report: Club tell Chelsea they'll need to pay £88m if they want to sign 22-year-old from them
Sevilla have reportedly asked for an additional £20m on top of Jules Kounde’s release clause if Chelsea are to pay his fee in stages.
This is according to 90min, who claim that the Blues have tried to find other avenues in order to sign Kounde.
Kurt Zouma was offered as part of a player plus cash swap. However, Sevilla wanted their defender’s £68.4m (Guardian) release clause paid off in full.
Chelsea were obviously reluctant to part with such a figure, so instead searched for different means of obtaining the Frenchman.
90min state that after the Zouma proposal fell short, the Stamford Bridge chain of command asked if they could reimburse Kounde’s release clause across a number of years.
Sevilla accepted this suggestion but apparently bumped up the overall price to £88m.
Understandably, the Blues refuted the idea of paying over the odds, even for a player of Kounde’s potential.
They are still working on ways to recruit the 22-year-old, whilst finalising the transfer of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
Chalobah worth considering
Of course, Thomas Tuchel may have a few things to think about regarding Kounde’s potential arrival after last night’s Super Cup victory.
Trevoh Chalobah made his competitive Chelsea debut in the back three, played all 120 minutes and was arguably the Blues best performer.
“He never lost face and stayed calm and was physical enough to play 120 minutes,” said Tuchel on Chalobah after the match.
“It was quite impressive. He forced his way into our thinking.”
Of course, there is no guarantee that Chalobah will be part of the first-team squad this season.
Especially not if the Kounde deal does get over the line.
But it’s certainly given Tuchel some food for thought.