Chelsea chief transfer price targets huge stumbling block to deal

He has been a transfer target for Chelsea for the whole of 2022, but it remains to be seen if anyone will pay Sevilla’s asking price for their France defender Jules Kounde.

sundayworld.com revealed earlier this month that Chelsea are back in the running to sign Kounde, after refusing to pay Sevilla’s £65million asking price in January.

Koude confirmed earlier this year that he wanted to seal a move to Chelsea, but the deal fell through when Chelsea failed to meet Sevilla’s financial demands.

Now, Barcelona have faced similar issues over a potential deal for 23-year-old centre-back Kounde as they have also decided to consider other transfer options due to the Frenchman’s asking price.

Chelsea are back in spending mood after Todd Boehly’s takeover and they wasted little time trying to revive the deal for Kounde.

Yet there is strong reluctance within the Chelsea hierarchy to pay what they see as a lavish fee for Kounde, in a summer when they are desperate to sign a centre-back following the departures of Anthony Rudiger and ‘Andreas Christensen.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that new owner Boehly will act as interim sporting director to handle Chelsea’s summer transfer deals.

The Chelsea co-owner has been confirmed as the club’s new chairman from Stamford Bridge, replacing Bruce Buck with immediate effect.

Marina Granovskaia has also been confirmed to step down as a manager, leaving US tycoon Boehly to lead Chelsea’s recruitment negotiations during this summer transfer window.

All of the leading figures in the Boehly-Clearlake Capital consortium have been added to Chelsea’s new board as the west London club’s new era continues to gather pace.

“As Chelsea FC goalkeepers, we now begin to implement our long-term vision and plan for the club, creating an exceptional experience for its passionate and loyal fans, and continuing to strive for the highest honours. in line with Chelsea FC’s dedicated history,” Boehly said.

“Working together, side by side, we are firmly committed to winning, both on and off the pitch. For us, this effort has begun.

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Richard L. Militello