Chelsea football director Marina Granovskaia has been told a £65million offer will be enough to persuade Sevilla to agree to the transfer of centre-back Jules Kunde this summer.
It would give the highly regarded club official the chance to give Thomas Tuchel a parting gift with her departure before the end of the summer period. The reign of Todd Boehly’s consortium has begun and he confirmed his new board of directors in a statement on Wednesday, although no decision has yet been made on Granovskaia’s permanent replacement.
Kounde has been a target of Chelsea for over a year now and The Blues are getting close to a transfer in the summer of 2021, only for Sevilla to change their demands late in the day. But journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed that a £65million offer would be accepted, despite being below their asking price.
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“It is a special situation. For Kounde we have to mention that he has been in the interest of Chelsea for a long time,” Di Marzio said in an interview with wettfreunde. “The price for Joules Koude, even if they are close, is €80m (£68m) as it is. Sevilla should be willing to accept £65m. So whoever wants Jules Koude will have to pay £65m .
“Chelsea know this message and now Barcelona too. Barcelona will try to bring some players into the negotiations. But let’s see what Chelsea decide, because Chelsea will sign two central defenders this summer and Kounde is still one of the names on the list. list.” list, along with Nathan Ake of City, another player they like very much.
“Chelsea is in contact with Kunde agents all year round. They have always been in touch and had good conversations and discussions about salary.
“Now there is a new board (in Chelsea). Marina Granovskaia is of course no longer in charge of Chelsea negotiations, she is still helping during this transfer window, but Todd Boehly is doing it directly.”
“Barcelona’s market is always so slow. This is not new. Every window we see the Barcelona board on deadline day trying to make some deals. This is nothing new. It is the financial situation. Kunde is a target of central defender along with (Kalidou) Koulibaly. But it depends on the price.”
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