Sevilla chief confirms failed Chelsea bid for Jules Kounde.
The 22-year old defender has been heavily linked with the Blues for the past two weeks as manager Thomas Tuchel is keen to bring on a new defender at Stamford Bridge.
Following the exit of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea, all the other defenders in the first team have one year remaining on their deals.
Despite Chelsea offering close to his £68m release clause, Sevilla director Monchi reveals that a transfer seems unlikely for the Sevilla defender.
The Sevilla chief explained: “The only written, formal offer from Chelsea came last Wednesday, around 5pm. We weren’t satisfied with the offer, and it was linked to Chelsea selling a player.
“It was a decent fee but it didn’t meet our criteria.
“We responded with a counter-offer that had an expiry date, which was Friday. Since Friday, until now, there has been no contact whatsoever with Chelsea.”
He continued: “We haven’t spoken with Chelsea since Friday night. We all decided that it was best Jules didn’t travel to Elche.
“It’s normal for players to be affected by news of any kind. Last year he had interest from City and now Chelsea this year.
“Koundé’s clause never went up to €90million. It has always been €80million.”