In the final weeks of the summer transfer window, Chelsea made an effort to bring Jules Koundé to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues tabled an important offer, but the deal didn’t take shape as their proposal didn’t convince Sevilla. This was confirmed at the time and it is again stressed by Monchi, the La Liga side’s sporting director.

“Jules’ offer was a magnificent offer, the most important in history, but it was neither the amount that was deemed appropriate nor at the time that seemed appropriate,” Monchi told Canal Sur Radio, relayed by El Desmarque.

Despite the failure to sign the defender, the west London club are not willing to give up on the 22-year-old.

That’s according to Defensa Central, who say the Champions League winners ‘will try to sign’ the France international again next summer.

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Koundé mainly operates in the heart of the back four, but he can also be used on the right side of defence. His versatility is ‘valued positively’ by Real Madrid, but they are not willing to pay around €80-90m for the former Bordeaux man.

Florentino Pérez’s idea is to offer €30-40m and also include one of their players.

It’s said Chelsea, who are also in the picture, have financial muscle to complete the deal. Koundé, however, prefers a move to Real Madrid.

With Thomas Tuchel’s side [and Real Madrid] expected to try again for the player at the end of this season, it remains to be seen whether or not Sevilla will give their ‘arm to twist and turn, and open the door for a player who wants to leave’.