Sevilla director Monchi has revealed that Chelsea did not meet the club’s ‘price tag’ for defender Jules Kounde despite lodging a ‘great’ offer.
The Frenchman was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge throughout the summer months as Thomas Tuchel and Marina Granovskaia attempted to bolster the Blues’ defence following the respective sales of Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi.
Their efforts were in vain though as despite a reported £68million release clause inserted into his contract at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Kounde remained with the Andalusian outfit.
Monchi has since revealed that Chelsea lodged an offer for the defender late in the window, but it did not quite reach Sevilla’s expectations. Regardless, the bid also arrived far too late for the Spanish club to find a suitable replacement for one of their key defenders.
Speaking to Canal Sur Radio, he said: “The proposal for Koundé last summer [from Chelsea] was great, the most important we received in our history – but it wasn’t meeting our price tag. Also, we received the bid in an inopportune moment.”
Kounde has since gone on to make eight appearances for Sevilla throughout the current campaign, with the club having lost just one game in which he has played in all competitions – that being the 1-0 defeat to Granada at the start of the month.
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He was also a key player as France claimed the UEFA Nations League title against France during the most recent international break.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea return for his services either in January or in the summer but they are looking likely to move for a defender considering the current precarious situation at Stamford Bridge.
The likes of Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are all out of contract at the end of the current campaign and can start negotiating with oversees clubs as early as January.
However, Chelsea could face competition in the race for Kounde should they make a move. El Nacional are reporting that both Manchester United and Real Madrid are both interested in his services.
The 22-year-old has just under three years left to run on his current contract in Spain.
Source by Football London