Sevilla manager Lopetegui explains main reason behind Kounde’s failed Chelsea move

Chelsea were dealt a huge transfer blow towards the end of the 2021 summer transfer window as their pursuit of French defender Jules Kounde ended in futility.

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The Blues were said to be on the verge of completing a deal for Kounde close to the end of the window but talks stalled as Sevilla increased their asking price for the French defender to €80 million while Chelsea were only ready to pay just around €50 million for the 22 year old.

Sevilla boss, Julen Lopetegui speaking to Diario de Sevilla has explained the reason for the failed move stating that the Sevilla board thought “it was the right thing to do”

“Koundé didn’t join Chelsea because our Sevilla board decided it was the right thing to do, based on the value of the offers. For me it’s positive – he’ll perform again at top level”

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It’s still yet to be confirmed though if Chelsea would still be willing to swoop for the French centre-back in January.