Chelsea to make final approach after £47million Jules Kounde transfer bid REJECTED as Sevilla hold out for £60m
CHELSEA have reportedly had a £47million bid for Jules Kounde rejected – but will make a final offer before tonight's deadline.
And Sevilla are desperately holding out for £60m for their French international star.
The Blues remain very keen on landing the centre-back ahead of the 11pm transfer window cutout.
But the deal remains in the balance with hours to go – despite the clubs reportedly having a verbal agreement in place for a £43m fee just days ago.
According to journalist Nabil Djellit, Chelsea will need to go closer to matching the £68m release clause in Kounde's Sevilla contract.
However, Fabrizio Romano added there is still hope from Stamford Bridge of a transfer getting over the line as they prepare one final approach today.
He tweeted: "Chelsea had a complicated and tense day for Jules Kounde negotiations with Sevilla.
"Deal on the verge of collapsing many times but today Chelsea will try again with final approach.
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"Sevilla are so strong on their position."
He also added any deal for Saul Niguez to move to Chelsea this summer has been blocked.
Kounde, 22, was a high priority for Thomas Tuchel this summer.
Fellow LaLiga and France defender Raphael Varane joined Manchester United.
But Chelsea sold Fikayo Tomori for £25m to AC Milan, Marc Guehi to Crystal Palace for £20m and most recently received £29.8m for Kurt Zouma from West Ham.
And with Romelu Lukaku the only significant addition this summer, a new central defender appeared to be needed.
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