Chelsea could have the chance to sign a cheaper alternative to Jules Kounde if they open talks now | Football | sport
Chelsea may have received an alternative signing to Jules Kounde. Les Bleus were known admirers of the French center-back, but failed to strike a deal with his club Sevilla this summer.
Club transfer manager Marina Granovskaia was unwilling to pay Sevilla’s demanded fees for Koundé.
And Chelsea could consider a cheaper alternative after it was announced that Bayern Munich’s talks with center-back Nicklas Sule are on hold.
The German defender was previously linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and is in the final year of his contract with Bayern.
But, according to German transfer expert Christian Falk, the club have suspended talks over an extension, despite agreeing new contracts with Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka in recent weeks.
Falk has already said that Sule would like to play in the Premier League in the future, albeit for rivals Manchester United.
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The four players, all defenders, could leave West London for free in the summer of 2022.
And Granovskaia’s main task for the next few months will be to determine the future of Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva and to line up potential replacements.
Chelsea’s transfer activity suggests that Granovskaia is well aware of the potential need to bolster the club’s defensive ranks.
But the Blues’ attempts to sign France international Koundé this summer have failed, with the Premier League club expected to return with an offer for the Sevilla player in future transfer windows.
“Chelsea’s only formal offer,” Sevilla football manager Monchi said after the transfer window closed.
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“We weren’t happy with the offer, and it was linked to Chelsea selling a player. It was a decent amount but it didn’t meet our criteria.”
Granovskaia will be relatively confident to have her man for the second time, after it was revealed that Kounde’s favorite move was at Stamford Bridge.
“There has been a lot of talk about the moves made for Jules, the majority of which have been rejected by the player,” said Monchi.
“If there was one club he liked the look of, it was Chelsea.”
But if a fee for Koundé cannot be agreed, the Blues now have a more than decent alternative to Sule, who may well be signed for a much cheaper price.