Sevilla chief confirms Chelsea’s bid for Kounde and reveals why player didn’t join Chelsea

Chelsea were interested in a move for Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde during the summer transfer window.

According to reports, the Blued opted against signing the defender due to Sevilla’s asking price for the France international.

Sevilla chief Monchi has confirmed that Chelsea did make an official bid for Kounde which was rejected and the Blues failed to return with an improved offer.

Monchi said: “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 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 the interest from City and now Chelsea this year.”

According to reports, Chelsea offered around €50million for Kounde but Sevilla wanted around €70million for the 22 year old defender.

Chelsea reportedly had a verbal agreement with the Spanish side to pay €50million for Kounde but pulled out of the transfer after Sevilla demanded more following Chelsea’s official offer.

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