Chelsea have been linked with a move for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, and no one expected that the deal will linger until transfer deadline day.
The Blues were favourites for the 22-year-old who has had an impressive season with the Spanish side. However, Sevilla has played hardball in negotiations.
According to Spanish media outlet El Desmarque, Sevilla won’t give in to Chelsea’s demands except there’s a late twist, as they do not want anything less than his release clause.
Sevilla director Monchi recently hit out at Chelsea for failing to meet the club’s demands.
“There are possibilities that he could leave between now and 00.00, the same as his teammates have because of his clause,” Monchi said according to Orgullo de Nervion.
“Yes, there has been interest from a club that the player liked, which was Chelsea.
“The first formal offer we received was on Wednesday, with an amount that did not satisfy our requirements and conditional on Chelsea selling a player.
“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.
“To the first offer for Koundé, we answered with an idea of our own.
“Everyone looks after their own interests, and the club has respected one hundred per cent when there has been interest from other teams, and the player didn’t think it was convenient.
“Koundé’s clause has never been 90 million euros, but 80 million euros.”
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have been linked with a late move for the 22-year-old, having lost Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in one window.
Reports also claim that both teams could go for Kounde in January if they fail to land a deal before the transfer deadline.