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Sevilla could wreck Jules Kounde’s move to Chelsea – even after a deal was reportedly agreed. Thomas Tuchel is hoping to complete the signing of the centre-back to make him the Premier League side’s second major signing of the summer transfer window.
Reports on Sunday claimed it was ‘a matter of time’ before Chelsea completed their £42million pursuit of Kounde, with Tuchel looking to follow up the captures of striker Romelu Lukaku and back-up keeper Marcus Bettinelli.
It was said that the France defender had flown out of Spain and was in Paris waiting for news of his impending move – opting to not be part of the squad for Sevilla’s 1-1 draw with Elche on Saturday.
Kounde’s move was thought to be dependent on Kurt Zouma’s transfer to West Ham, which has now been confirmed.
But Sevilla have now decided to up their asking price, according to the latest claim.
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The La Liga side now want closer to Kounde’s €80m release clause (£68.5m) according to Sky Sports.
The report says a deal had already been agreed at around €50m (£43m), but now Sevilla are raising the stakes.
Last summer they turned down a €55m offer from a Premier League side – believed to be Manchester City – so they clearly mean business.
The Spanish side are also said to be keen on lining up a replacement before letting Kounde leave – meaning Chelsea could face a tense two days as the clock ticks down to Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
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As for Kounde himself, the 22-year-old is believed to wants his Stamford Bridge finalised before the end of the summer window, has did not travelled with the Sevilla squad for their game at Elche on Saturday evening, staying in Paris.
If Sevilla are insisting on a higher price, it could be because 15% of the fee will be sent back to his former club Bordeaux as part of a sell-on clause, as AS reported last week.
Julen Lopetegui’s side are second in La Liga after three games following start to the new season.
They notched two wins from two with Kounde at the heart of defence in their opening two matches, before he missed the trip to Elche on Saturday.
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