Despite Chelsea being heavily linked with a move for Jules Koundé and reports of a contract already being agreed with the player, he’s no closer to joining the Blues than he was last season.

Admittedly, the Blues have had bigger fish to fry of late, reorganising their hierarchy following the takeover from Todd Boehly before delving fully into the transfer market.

Still, there’s only so much a club like Sevilla can take, and Sport in Spain make it clear they are somewhat losing patience as they wait for offers to be made.

It’s said the La Liga side are ‘putting pressure on clubs interested in signing’ the French defender so that they can get on with their own market.

Protected by a release clause of €80m, the centre-back can currently leave for around €65m, but the Spanish club ‘has warned that they will demand the full price’ if ‘no progress is made in the negotiations before July 5th’.

Both Chelsea and Barcelona ‘have been notified’, although the latter reckon the longer they hold out for, the cheaper they can get him for.

That’s because Koundé ‘has become a problem for Sevilla, who need to sell as soon as possible’ in order to make their own transfers.

They ‘counted on Chelsea putting that amount on the table, but the English are prioritising other central defenders in this market and have forgotten, for now, the possibility of signing’ the Frenchman.

That leaves Barcelona as ‘almost the only suitor’, but if they see no progress or leniency from Sevilla soon, ‘they will give up and Sevilla will have a problem with the footballer, who has no intention of continuing’ with them for another season.

Basically, Sevilla are getting desperate, and want Chelsea to bid.