Chelsea’s pursuit of Jules Kounde has slipped under the radar this summer, but the European champions’ interest in the Sevilla defender is concrete and has been since the transfer window opened.
Sevilla, though, are yet to receive a bid that they consider to be even close to acceptable, so are awaiting an offer that they believe to be serious.
“At the moment he’s a Sevilla player,” president Jose Castro said after Thursday’s Champions League draw.
“We’ve reinforced this summer and want a strong team.
“We always listen to offers that come, but time is running out and, until now, there hasn’t been anything.”
On Wednesday night, Sevilla received an offer of 50 million euros from Chelsea, which is even less than what Manchester City came with a year ago. Then, the Citizens offered 55m euros as well as Nicolas Otamendi, so Chelsea’s bid wasn’t even considered by the LaLiga Santander side.
Sevilla will accept any offer of 70m euros or more, knowing that his 90m euro release clause won’t be met now. It’s also important to remember that Bordeaux will take 15 percent of Sevilla’s profits from the sale, having sold him to the Spanish club for 20m euros – plus 5m euros in add-ons – in 2019.
With Kurt Zouma leaving Chelsea to join fellow Londoners West Ham for 30m euros, a new bid is expected to land on Thursday evening. Until a higher bid is tabled, Kounde will remain a Sevilla player.