Chelsea preparing ‘final Kounde bid’ as Sevilla name last-minute asking price

Chelsea are set to make one final attempt to sign Jules Kounde after Sevilla named a last-minute asking price, according to reports.

The Blues have been in the market for Kounde all summer as Thomas Tuchel bids to increase his options at the back.

It was reported in July that the centre-half had agreed terms with the west Londoners and was 'buzzing' to join the club.

But as it stands, Kounde will remain at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan as Chelsea and Sevilla cannot agree on a transfer fee.

However, all hope is not lost according to Fabrizio Romano, who says that the Blues are preparing a final bid for the defender.

Chelsea have reportedly had a £47million bid for the 22-year-old rejected, but will return with another offer before today's deadline.

Sevilla are holding out for £60million for their French international star, who played in the club's opening two games of the season but missed Saturday 1-1 draw with Elche.

Confirming news of Chelsea's continued interest, Romano tweeted: "Chelsea had a complicated and tense day for Jules Koundé negotiations with Sevilla.

"Deal on the verge of collapsing many times but… today Chelsea will try again with final approach. Sevilla are so strong on their position."

Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui issued an update on Kounde's situation before the club's 1-1 draw with Elche on Saturday.

He said: "The Sevilla coach must be prepared for all issues.

"These guys have their share of the market. What is going to happen I don’t know.

"If Jules leaves we are left with two centre-backs. If it happens, we have full confidence in Monchi.

"There is little time left, and nothing is simple."

Kounde is thought to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge, but time is running out for both sides to complete a deal.

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