Chelsea’s interest in signing Jules Kounde is well known
Chelsea confident Jules Kounde can be signed for just £42m fee and at this point it really seems like a matter of time.
Sevilla had been holding out for £67 million as his release clause last year. The Blues, though, are convinced that a deal can be done for a far cheaper amount, according to Matt Law’s column in the Telegraph today.
Chelsea are reportedly hoping that a £42 million contract – with possibilities to increase it to £50 million – will be enough to secure the former Bordeaux midfielder.
The claim that the sale of Kounde’s defensive colleague Diego Carlos to Aston Villa will have no bearing on the agreement is another useful tidbit.
Sevilla appear to have accepted that France international Kounde will go, and discussions may resume once Chelsea’s new ownership is established.
In September of last year, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said in September that the club just didn’t have enough time to negotiate with Kounde before the season started since he is still a key target for this summer.
“It was obvious that we tried for Kounde and Saul, and it was really late, but it was a very, very seamless transfer window because I was completely focused on training and my squad.”
As a result, Kounde is expected to become Chelsea’s first signing under Todd Boehly.