Chelsea will keep an eye on Jules Koude as they keep an eye on another move for Sevilla defender next year
Chelsea ‘continue to keep an eye on Jules Kounde as they see a fresh move for Sevilla defender as early as January’ – with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel keen to bolster his defense after the Spaniards had £68m outstanding in August
- Thomas Tuchel failed to hit his highest goal on the day of the transfer deadline
- The 22-year-old was reportedly furious that Sevilla wouldn’t allow him to move
- Chelsea are keeping an eye on him pending a possible move in January or next summer
Chelsea could make another move for Sevilla defender Jules Kunde, while Thomas Tuchel is keen to bolster his defensive options.
The German was unable to hit his main defensive target on the day of the transfer deadline, but he remains a great admirer of the France international. Evening Standard.
Chelsea thought they would strike a deal for Kunde in the closing days of the window, but saw their hopes end when Sevilla insisted that his approximately £68million release clause be fulfilled in full.
Chelsea are keeping an eye on Jules Koude in anticipation of a possible move in January or next summer
The centre-back was closely linked to the Champions League winners during the summer transfer window and was reportedly furious that he was not allowed a transfer to the West London club.
However, Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui said: Diary of Seville that Chelsea couldn’t live up to their price tag.
“Kounde eventually stayed because the club decided it was the right choice to do based on the evaluation of the offers they may have had,” Lopetegui said.
‘For me as a coach, Jules remains positive. With the evolution he has gone through in these two years, it is without a doubt positive.
The 22-year-old was reportedly furious that Seville wouldn’t allow him to move to West London
“We trust that he will continue to grow with us and above all continue to perform, that is the most important.”
A new centre-back was almost at the top of Thomas Tuchel’s list of priorities, a wish that only grew with Kurt Zouma’s departure to West Ham for nearly £30million.
At the end of August it appeared that the two clubs had agreed a compensation of 42.7 million pounds. However, Sevilla are said to have raised their asking price late in the day to an amount comparable to the player’s £67 million release clause, which Chelsea decided not to comply with.
Thomas Tuchel was unable to hit his main defensive target on the day of the transfer deadline
Speaking on the day of the transfer deadline, Monchi clarified the situation in Koude by saying: “Chelsea’s only written, formal offer came last Wednesday. [August 25], around 5 p.m.
“We were not happy with the offer and it was linked to the sale of a player by Chelsea. It was a decent fee, but it didn’t meet our criteria.
‘We haven’t spoken to Chelsea since Friday night’ [August 27]. We all decided it was best that Jules didn’t travel to Elche [for Sevilla’s most recent game].
“It is normal for players to be touched by news of any kind. Last year he had the interest of City and now Chelsea this year.’
Monchi revealed on the day of the transfer deadline that Chelsea had only made one offer for Koundé