Chelsea’s strategy to Sevilla and France midfielder Jules Kounde have collapsed after the golf equipment failed to achieve an settlement on the switch price.
Chelsea have had an eye fixed on Kounde for some time, though Sevilla have caught to their valuation of the 22-year-old – who was additionally of curiosity to Manchester United earlier than touchdown Raphael Varane. He additionally rejected Tottenham as a result of lack of Champions League soccer.
An settlement between the Blues and Sevilla for Kounde had appeared doable. But simply hours earlier than the switch deadline, Fabrizio Romano reported that the talks had ended.
Without settlement, the journalist acknowledged that there was no intention to proceed attempting to barter with Chelsea not succeeding in fulfilling Kounde’s launch clause of 80 million euros.
Sevilla will probably be strengthened by Kounde staying as a result of which means he can play for them within the Champions League. But for Chelsea, the dearth of an settlement is a blow to their plans so as to add depth to their squad.
The Blues lately signed Kurt Zouma to West Ham, though they nonetheless have 4 acknowledged midfielders in Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Trevoh Chalobah. The slopes Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James are additionally versatile sufficient to fill in as additional midfielders in a 3rd.
But regardless of disappointment at lacking Kounde, Chelsea followers can nonetheless rejoice a brand new arrival on the day of the switch, after the Blues reached a € 5 million cope with Atletico Madrid to take midfielder Saul Niguez on mortgage for the remainder of the season.
Saul grew to become an everyday first crew in Atletico in 2014 and has performed 340 occasions for the membership. But he grew to become annoyed together with his function final season and the Spanish champions allowed him to depart.
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