Chelsea ‘must pay £56m to finally sign Jules Kounde this summer, with Sevilla now willing to accept less than the price of central defender’s £69m release clause’
Chelsea may be able to pay just £56million for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, according to reports, with the club willing to accept less than his release clause.
His contract states that the clause can be triggered for £69million, although they are said to be open to lower offers to wrap up one of the summer’s longest transfer sagas.
Kounde is also reportedly a target for Barcelona, but the Blues, who are poised to splash the cash under new owner Todd Boehly, remain firmly in the transfer race.
Chelsea may be able to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla for £56million this summer, reports say
Journalist Fabrizio Romano says that the centre back is available for under £60m, a figure which could tempt Chelsea to look to seal the deal as soon as possible.
However, there could also be a twist due to the overhaul at the very top of Stamford Bridge; namely the change in ownership which has seen Roman Abramovich sell up.
A number of his key figures will also be leaving, with chairman Bruce Buck stepping down from his role and influential director Marina Granovskaia joining him.
Thomas Tuchel is keen to bring in a new defender, and Kounde has been a long-term target
Granovskaia oversaw negotiations for transfers and thrashed out contracts, and her looming absence has now seen Boehly take a more hands-on role in the market.
However, it is likely that she will remain involved in discussions until her departure at the end of the transfer window.
Romano has added that Kounde’s camp are ‘waiting’ for the club to inform them whether they will be making another offer for the France international.
Sportsmail has previously revealed that the 23-year-old was Chelsea’s No 1 defensive target last season, although he stayed at Sevilla after they held out for more money.
Kounde’s release clause stands at £69m, but his club are open to fielding offers below that
New Blues owner Todd Boehly is taking a hands-on role in negotiations in the summer market
Sevilla chief Jose Maria Cruz told Sporting Witness that Kounde is keen to play in a more competitive side, and insisted that his expected exit is not a case of ‘money’.
He said: ‘Again, the player, I am sure, respects Sevilla FC. He is happy with us.
In the case of Kounde, it is not a matter of money. It’s a matter of him wanting to play in a more competitive team than Sevilla.
‘I am sure he is a player that is attractive for teams like Chelsea, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich and these types of teams. He wants to play in a more competitive team.’
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