The Blues have been strongly linked with a move for the French international all summer, but they’ve thus far been unable to agree on a fee with the La Liga club, who want to get good value for money for their prized defender.
Although they’ve made a solid start to the Premier League season with two wins and a draw under their belt, as Thomas Tuchel routinely sets up with three central defenders in his backline, Chelsea arguably need reinforcements in that area.
The club also agreed to part ways with Kurt Zouma in the week, allowing the centre-back move across London to West Ham in a permanent transfer worth £29.8million. That sale suggests that Tuchel needs a replacement before the end of the window, and Kounde has been his top defensive target for quite a while.
Now that they’ve got good money for Zouma, they may be forced to pay the money Sevilla reportedly want for Kounde.
According to Marca, the Spanish side want €80million (£68million) and aren’t willing to budge on that asking price, meaning Kounde could end up staying in Seville.
The 22-year-old has expressed a keen desire to play Champions League football this season, and given Chelsea are the current holders of the famous competition, there’s arguably no better place for him to move.
With Tuesday’s 11pm deadline fast approaching, Chelsea have little to no time to wrap up a deal, but considering the club’s incredible spending power and recent history with huge transfers, it might not be over just yet.