Chelsea are reportedly willing to return for the pursuit of Jules Kounde in January if Sevilla reduces the asking price as per the report in ESPN.
The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge throughout the summer, however, the Blues could not find a way to lure the France international to the Premier League.
According to the report, Chelsea will reignite their interest in Kounde in the winter transfer window if the La Liga side lowers the price tag by around €50 million. Both parties were close to finalizing a deal for the Frenchman towards the back end of the transfer window, however, Sevilla asked for around €80 million which was the player’s release clause. This sudden demand from Julian Lopetegui’s side forced the Blues to give up the 22-year-old’s pursuit.
The player wanted to join the reigning Champions League winner and already agreed on personal terms. But, the deal never materialised. The Blues want to sign the youngster from Sevilla, however, they are not keen on matching the release clause.
Chelsea are still hopeful of signing Kounde:
Tuchel wanted to bring in a new centre-back following the departure of Kurt Zouma to West Ham United. And the Sevilla man would be a perfect addition to the German manager’s system.
Kounde could be a perfect centre back for the back three system of Chelsea. The Frenchman likes to make forward runs from deep and the back three will be an apt formation to give him the licence to make forward runs. He is comfortable with the ball which will help the Blues to play out from the back and his aerial ability is quite impressive despite not being tall.
Meanwhile, following an impressive start to the season, Chelsea will be looking to carry on their form in the upcoming fixtures. Having lifted the UEFA Champions League last term, Tuchel will be eyeing a Premier League title mount this season.
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