Chelsea are inching ever closer to beating Barcelona and finalizing a deal worth around €60m for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, but with the Spanish giants yet to make a bid, they begin to use a different tactic.
The Blues made personal deals with the centre-back for a year, but deadlocks in the negotiations have allowed those at Camp Nou to try and steal him from under their noses.
It means the France international’s valuation hasn’t changed since talks began months ago, and he would become the west London club’s most expensive defensive signing.
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Although nothing is guaranteed yet, a French outlet, Foot Mercato, has revealed that the Catalan side have asked the 23-year-old to refuse any offer coming from him, starting with Chelsea.
However, they also made it clear that Sevilla are getting impatient and that if Barca don’t make a firm and quick offer, the club will do everything possible to send him to the Premier League.
The news shows that while the Blues may have a La Liga team to fight against, they have another on their side.