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.
A report of @InfoSevillismoGoing through Blue_Footysuggested that Todd Boehly and co offered to pay a fixed fee of €45m, with €20m to be paid later, including €5m in bonuses.
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.