Chelsea and Sevilla have been unable to agree a deal for Jules Kounde before the 11pm transfer deadline as they have “no intention to negotiate”.
The defender joined the La Liga side in 2019 from French outfit Bordeaux. Sevilla paid a fee of around €25m to bring him to Spain.
Kounde has enjoyed a stellar couple of seasons for Sevilla as he has shone from his 90 outings for them.
The 2019/20 Europa League winner has also been linked with Tottenham this summer.
But a move to Chelsea looked most likely for the 22-year-old. This will not come to fruition this summer though, as Sevilla were demanding around €80m for their prized asset.
Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi has revealed that Chelsea have not met their asking price for Kounde:
“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.
“Kounde’s clause never went up to €90million. It has always been €80m.”
Fabrizio Romano updated the situation on deadline day. He revealed that the deal is “now off” as both clubs had “no intention to negotiate” before the deadline passed.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
Elsewhere, Chelsea have been chasing Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez throughout this summer transfer window.
They look likely to get the deal done just in time as the player has agreed personal terms. The Blues will pay Madrid a loan fee of around €5m for the 2021/22 season.