The Blues eventually fell short in their pursuit of the Sevilla international team, but did sign Saul Niguez at Atletico Madrid
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that his team’s goal is to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde before the end of the summer transfer window.
The Blues ultimately failed to praise the 22-year-old away from Sevilla, while the League team stuck with their highly regarded France international.
Chelsea did make an addition to Spain’s deadline, Saul Niguez for rent at Atletico Madrid.
What was said?
“It was clear we were trying for Kounde and Saul, and it was very, very late, but it was a very, very smooth transfer window because I had full concentration on training and on my team,” Tuchel said.
‘The amount of support from (technical and performance advisor) Petr Cech as a link, and with Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea director], was fantastic, so it was pretty relaxed with a good outcome, because eventually it was possible to add Saul to the group, which was an important position for us to have more alternatives and not to put all the pressure on the three guys do not put shoulders.
“So there’s a lot of competition and it’s my job to be a good moderator.”
Why did Chelsea not sign Kounde?
Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui said interested clubs did not meet his star’s appreciation for his defender.
“Kounde eventually stayed because the club decided it was the right thing to do based on evaluating the offers they may have had,” he said. Seville newspaper.
Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi said last week that Kounde would only leave if an interested club paid his € 80 million (£ 68 million) release clause.
Chelsea could return to Kounde in the winter or next summer with another bid, with the defender’s current contract expiring in 2024.