Chelsea and Barcelona have reportedly been informed that they must make a formal approach for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde within the next week.
The future of the France international has been a hot topic for debate for a number of months, largely due to long-standing interest from Chelsea.
When the Blues’ takeover was officially completed at the end of May, an agreement between the relevant parties appeared to be only a matter of time.
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However, Chelsea – nor Barcelona – have yet made a breakthrough in any informal discussions as they attempt to reach a compromise over a fee.
.ly, it has been claimed that Chelsea would like to wrap up a deal for a fee in the region of £50m at a time when Barcelona are not in a position to meet such a figure.
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel looking frustrated during fixture against Everton on May 1, 2022.
Nevertheless, according to reports in Spain, Sevilla have no intention of hanging around for any suitors to make up their mind regarding one of their key men.
Chelsea and Barcelona have reportedly been encouraged to meet Sevilla’s current demands by July 5 or face having to pay more money for Kounde later in the transfer window.
The La Liga outfit are said to be ready to ask for close to the 23-year-old’s €80m (£69.13m) if they do not receive a suitable offer over the next seven days.
A separate report in ABC Sevilla has suggested that Chelsea are ready to act before the alleged deadline as they bid to bring in fresh faces as soon as possible.
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