‘I’ve been told’ – Journalist publishes new update on Chelsea’s pursuit of £77m long-term target

Journalist Paul Brown insists Chelsea will not do anything to sign Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde before the transfer deadline.

Thomas Tuchel Chelsea

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Thomas Tuchel Chelsea

The club kept their powder largely dry throughout the January transfer window but were linked with a potential hit for the defender this summer.

What’s up with Chelsea?

Thomas Tuchel’s side have struggled in recent weeks and appear to have fallen out of favor in their title chase.

Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League table, but they are 10 points behind Manchester City and one behind Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola’s side have one game less against the Blues, while the Reds have two.

It’s an unflattering picture for the club, even though they appear to be on course to qualify for the Champions League as they are 10 points clear of fifth-placed West Ham United.

Still, Chelsea haven’t made so many moves in the January transfer window in a bid to improve Tuchel’s squad.

They bolstered their youth ranks by poaching left-back Dylan Williams from Derby County, despite being just 18 and looking far from ready for first-team football at Stamford Bridge.

Over the summer, the club were heavily linked with a potential move to sign Kounde from Sevilla, with an offer of around £47m reportedly rejected as the Spanish club were holding closer to £60m. sterling.

He is currently valued at £54million by Transfermarkt and remains vital for the club, making 25 appearances in all competitions, and has a £77million release clause.

The Blues have also struggled at centre-back, with injuries to Andreas Christensen and Trevoh Chalobah, but Brown is not planning a late move for Kounde.

What did Brown say?

He told GiveMeSport: “They have a problem with the centre-back but I’m told they haven’t done anything to try to reopen talks over Koundé so it doesn’t look like they’ll try to get him.”

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Does a decision for Koundé make sense?

Not at this stage.

He’s clearly a great player – he’s an experienced France international and won the Europa League with Sevilla – but the complexity of a deal makes it highly unlikely.

As mentioned, a deal for Koundé couldn’t be done this summer and trying to revive him at this stage doesn’t seem sensible.

He would cost a fortune, and bringing in a La Liga player in the final days of the window doesn’t seem so likely.