The head of Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium says that although “many clubs have asked about the defender”, no formal offers have been submitted
Sevilla sporting director Monchi has insisted the club have not yet received any official offers for Chelsea-linked central defender Jules Kounde.
Purpose reported in late July that Chelsea had begun talks with Sevilla over a possible deal for Kounde, who has established himself among the best defenders in La Liga since moving to Bordeaux’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in 2019.
Real Madrid are also strongly linked with the 22-year-old, but its current employers charge a fee of € 80 million (£ 68 million), and Monchi claims that no formal offers have been submitted.
What was said?
Speaking of Chelsea’s interest in Kounde, the head of Sevilla told the club’s official media channel: ‘Many clubs have asked Kounde. There is interest but no official bid on the table.
“To date, there has been no specific offer for him. I do not know what will happen. If an important bid comes, we will sell it, as it is our policy to improve the team.”
Monchi added that the Frenchman will still be in Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, at the end of the summer transfer window: ‘The Sevilla player wants to know what will happen.
“I do not know. But if there is no offer that we believe we can reinvest, he will stay with us. His physical condition is very good.”
Why does Chelsea want Kounde?
Chelsea have set their sights on Kounde to offer extra cover in the new season, and originally planned to include Kurt Zouma in a final deal with Sevilla before the La Liga outfit made it clear that they are only a direct purchase will consider.
The Blues still want to get Zouma out of their books to reduce their overblown team, and will also lend Trevoh Chalobah to Valencia to make way for Kounde.
The French international has the experience and quality to compete with Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva for a regular starting spot at Stamford Bridge, and it is highly likely that he will only improve as he reaches the first years of his career.
Sevilla finished in La Liga’s four best in consecutive seasons while winning the Europa League 2019-20, with Kounde playing as an example at the back, and he could fit in perfectly with Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Chelsea if he were a transfer over the line can place.