CHELSEA have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Jules Kounde after Sevilla reduced their asking price for him, according to reports.
Kounde in action for France in their UEFA Nations League game against DenmarkCredit: Getty
The Blues wanted the Sevilla defender last summer, but failed to agree a deal for him due to Sevilla’s asking price of £68million.
However, this summer things appear to be different as Sevilla’s new asking price has been set at £55million.
According to Marca, the Spaniards will not negotiate below this line and will play hardball after seeing other deals for Diego Carlos, Darwin Nunez, and Aurelien Tchouameni come out to high values.
Kounde, 23, represents an investment for the future, but with two years left on his current deal in Spain the club can afford to be stubborn with their valuation.
They signed Kounde in 2019 for around £22.5millon from Bordeaux, so would gain a significant profit if Chelsea pay the full £55million price tag.
Considering Chelsea’s new-found lack of defensive depth, the clubs new owner Todd Boehly will need to move swiftly to provide the funds necessary to ensure Chelsea improve their squad under Thomas Tuchel.
Kounde has earned nine caps for the French national team, including one appearance in an unfamiliar right-back role at last summer’s European Championships.
He has played 133 times for Sevilla, scoring nine goals.
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