Chelsea have made the first offer for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde but will have to contend with Barcelona who are eager to bolster their club for next season’s campaign.
The Frenchman has been on the radar of Thomas Tuchel’s side since they lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively but the west London club has finally made an offer reported to be around €55m plus add-ons.
Although Sevilla appreciate Chelsea’s interest and bid for Kounde which they signed five years ago for €25m from French topflight Bordeaux, the Spanish club need more than that to augment their summer transfer target.
According to a Spanish report, Sevilla have pencilled Marcao as a prime target to replace Diego Carlos this summer but without Kounde’s sale to muster the funds to perfect the deal, their interest only remains like a hope.
Reportedly, Barcelona have already contacted the club President, Sánchez Pizjuán, for the 23-year-old who made his debut for the French national team on June 2, 2021, but Rojiblancos need €65m to allow the player to switch allegiance.
Kounde is already growing impatient with the anticipated interest from both clubs and wants an agreement reached to decide on want the future holds for him.
Should none of the club can finalise a deal with Sevilla until Wednesday, Kounde who is enjoying his vacation will resume training since he is the only international player yet to arrive at the training grounds a report revealed.