An update on the situation of long-standing Chelsea target Jules Kounde at Sevilla has been forthcoming on Monday evening.
Sevilla star eyed
The summer window of course saw French stopper Kounde hotly tipped for a move to west London.
Despite the embarrassment of riches at his disposal, Thomas Tuchel is understood to have identified Kounde, long highly regarded across the continent, as the missing piece from his Blues backline.
A lengthy saga, in turn, unfolded over the last couple of months, as the respective boards at Chelsea and Sevilla went back and forth regarding the 22-year-old’s valuation.
In the end, however, those in a position of power at the latter stood firm.
Monchi and co. are said to have demanded that Kounde’s release clause – worth a sum in the region of €75 – 80 million, be coughed up, or a sale would not be forthcoming.
Koundé release clause is around €75/80m. Sevilla have no intention to negotiate. pic.twitter.com/WQaZKVsU0U
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
And Chelsea, as a result, were left with little choice but to abandon their efforts to lure the Frenchman to the English capital.
The weeks since, however, have seen speculation continue to swirl that the Blues could yet reignite their pursuit upon the opening of the January transfer window.
This comes with Kounde himself understood to have ignored repeated attempts to reach out on the part of both Monchi and manager Julen Lopetegui.
Such claims, in turn, no doubt provided encouragement to those at Stamford Bridge that a deal remains a possibility.
And, as outlined above, on Monday, a fresh insight into the situation has been provided. The news will no doubt come as music to the ears of the Sevilla faithful, though, amid suggestions that the relationship between club and player is improving.
As per a report from Spanish outlet AS, Kounde’s decision to speak to the media on the back of a 1-1 stalemate with Real Sociedad on Sunday represents proof that his situation in Andalusia is ‘normalising’.
This, though, did not stop the defender from making his disappointment with his side’s latest performance clear, with Kounde having gone as far as to state that Sevilla’s first-half showing belonged ‘in the trash’, with Lopetegui’s men having not done ‘anything well’.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) September 20, 2021
This article was edited by Ben Browning.
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