Chelsea have had a new Jules Kounde transfer bid rejected and have learned that they must pay the £60million release clause inserted into the player’s Sevilla contract, according to reports. Kounde has been a transfer target for the Blues all summer and it now appears that a deal will tick into the final hours of Tuesday’s 11pm deadline.
Thomas Tuchel has been keen to sign a new centre-back given that he has several issues in the position, despite the impressive performances of each of his back three during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen were all excellent at Anfield but have each entered the final year of their contracts. Chelsea are trying hard to tie down the trio to fresh deals.
Tuchel has also lost Kurt Zouma, who has joined West Ham in a £25m transfer. The emergence of academy graduate Trevoh Chalobah has not been enough to convince the head coach that he does not need additions in the position.
Chelsea have tried to sign France international Kounde all summer but continue to hit obstacles blocking the completion of a deal.
France Football have reported that a new £47m offer submitted by Chelsea has been turned down by the La Liga side. Sevilla instead want closer to the 22-year-old’s £60m release clause.
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