Sevilla have told Chelsea they will not entertain offers for Jules Koundé at the end of the summer transfer window.

That’s according to AS, who say Sevilla have made it clear there will be no last-minute deal for the Frenchman.

The Blues have been linked with Koundé for much of the summer but are yet to make any formal offer or finalise a deal with their Spanish counterparts.

That’s likely to do with the money that Sevilla want for their prized asset, although the seemingly impending sale of Kurt Zouma to West Ham could open the door for the transfer to finally happen.

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That is certainly the sentiment around Europe but AS say that while that would allow Chelsea to move for Koundé, Sevilla are insisting they ‘know nothing’ on that front as yet. They do, however, accept that the situation could change in the coming hours.

What is certain is they will not be accepting anything less than the €55m Manchester City offered last summer.

Similarly, Sevilla have made it clear that ‘no offers will be entertained’ in the final days of the market. In other words, Chelsea need to move sooner rather than later, or it won’t be happening.

Koundé, for his part, continues to show ‘impeccable professionalism’ and was much improved in the recent clash with Getafe.

With Chelsea about to sell Zouma, though, it may finally be time for them to make their move and get this protracted deal over the line.

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And that is the stance that Marca take on the situation. They say Chelsea are ‘on the verge’ of taking the step they need to sign Koundé, selling Zouma.

Their recent batch of sales will allow them to make ‘their definitive attack’ and present an offer that Sevilla will consider ‘irrefutable.’

Sevilla have made it clear they will not consider negotiations far below the valuation of the player and will listen to offers from Chelsea on the basis of €80m or €70-80m if it includes ‘targets’. Such an offer will ‘shake the foundations of the Sánchez- Pizjuán’.

Koundé agent is working as a negotiator between the two clubs and has already negotiated a deal until 2026 with those in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The belief is, unlike AS, that Chelsea will definitively make their move and turn this saga into a done deal rapidly when they do.