We will never know what happened behind the scenes of Chelsea’s bid for Jules Kounde last summer, but it seemed to go like this.
Chelsea wanted him, Chelsea offered what Sevilla wanted, Sevilla realised they could get more and raised the asking price, Chelsea said no.
Usually you’d have to respect Chelsea for not getting sucked into paying over the odds for a player, but in this case they might look back and think they should have pressed ahead with the deal.
They haven’t suffered too badly without him this season – thanks to Trevoh Chalobah who has stepped up magnificently, but given they look likely to lose Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer, they will still need a defender come next summer. And why would Kounde be any cheaper then?
Football.London claim that Liverpool have now joined the race for the centre back. That is sure to raise his price, and he could easily just flat out reject Chelsea if he’s particularly keen to play for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
We wonder if they €60m+ that Sevilla reportedly wanted last summer could end up looking cheap?