Sevilla chief Jose Castro has admitted that they need to sell players this summer amid reports linking Chelsea and Newcastle United with Jules Kounde.
The defender has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months.
Newcastle failed to sign him in January but they are planning to target him this summer. Chelsea have also been linked with the player, who is valued at £59m by Sevilla.
The 23-year-old has been with Sevilla since 2019. He signed for them from Bordeaux for around £21m.
Kounde helped the Spanish side win the Europa League in 2019/20 as he has played 132 times across all competitions.
Sevilla’s president Jose Castro has acknowledged that they will have to sell players during the summer transfer window:
“It hasn’t gone unnoticed that in recent summers we haven’t sold [players],” Castro told Mundo Deportivo (via The Metro).
“In January, in addition to having offers and not selling, we brought in Tecatito [Jesus Corona] and [Anthony] Martial.
“We need to align our accounts. We know how to do it well and that when there are exits, players that will perform in the future for us both economically and on the pitch will arrive.”
Elsewhere, Thomas Tuchel has admitted Chelsea are “still in talks” on Cesar Azpilicueta’s future, with Barcelona upholding interest in the Stamford Bridge skipper.
Azpilicueta triggered an automatic, appearance-related one-year extension to his contract at the end of March, thwarting Barcelona’s chances of recruiting the 32-year-old on a free transfer.
Tuchel at the time praised the importance of that extension, given Azpilicueta’s experience and influence at the west London club.
Now, however, the Blues manager has conceded Chelsea are still in discussions with Azpilicueta, even though the German coach still wants the Spain right-back to stay put at Stamford Bridge.
Asked if he still hopes that Azpilicueta will stay despite outside interest, Tuchel replied: “I would hope strongly, he knows this, he knows it. We are still in the talks to find out the ideal solution.
“We had a lot of these talks because very genuinely it felt like he won everything after the Club World Cup, then suddenly given his personal situation I can understand these thoughts that maybe a cycle is at its end.”