Chelsea Transfer News: It’s a new era at Stamford Bridge. The Todd Boehly’s owned Chelsea will be adding significant number of players before new season. Everyone knows that the Blues’ have been a long time admirer Jules Kounde and the deal can finally take place.
Kounde has established himself as one of the best centre-back’s in the La Liga. Chelsea wanted to sign him last season but Sevilla’s asking price was the hurdle. The La Liga side wasn’t willing to reduce their asking price then.
Chelsea have been in desperate need of a new central defender in recent weeks. Antonio Rudiger left the club for Real Madrid as a free agent. On the other hand, Andreas Christensen poised to go after being placed on the club’s released list.
Jose Maria Cruz de Andres, Sevilla’s general manager, has intimated that the defender wants to leave the club, providing the West Londoners a boost. Chelsea and their European rivals are likely to be interested in signing him, according to him.
Chelsea Transfer News: What did Cruz de Andres say?
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“The player, I am sure, respects Sevilla FC,” he told Sport Witness. He enjoys our company. It is not a question of money in Kounde’s case.
“I am confident he is a player who is interesting for teams like Chelsea, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and these types of teams,” he says. He desires to be a part of a team that is more competitive.”
Of course, after failing to recruit Kounde a year ago, it remains to be seen whether Chelsea can be successful this time. Jose Maria Cruz has explained why Sevilla turned down Chelsea’s offer, implying that a move could be on the cards in the near future.
“The story of Jules Kounde is extremely comparable to the case of Diego Carlos [who has joined Aston Villa],” he stated. We received offers for Jules Kounde in the previous two seasons, but always in the summer market.
“We turned down this player because we believed he might improve his performance. Because the market was dismal at the time, it was best to wait. We reasoned that if we waited a little, we’d be able to get additional money.”
Sevilla’s prized jewel, Kounde
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Last season, Kounde was once again a standout performance for the Spanish team. Sevilla finished fourth in La Liga, with the 23-year-old making 44 appearances in all competitions.
His contract at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan expires in two years, and he has been in Spain since a 2019 transfer from Bordeaux.
Meanwhile, he has established himself in the France team, having made ten appearances for Les Bleus.