Sevilla are still waiting for Chelsea to make their move for Jules Koundé, despite reports that a move is close to happening.
That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who also provide details on the contract that the defender has agreed with the European Champions.
The newspaper explains that Koundé is ‘likely’ to end up in the Premier League this summer and at Chelsea specifically, but at the moment, the Blues have not made a ‘formal offer’ for the French centre-back.
He, though, does have an agreement in place with the Londoners, with a five-year deal worth ‘more than €4m gross per season’ on the table.
The two clubs need to negotiate a transfer first, and the Andalusian club would like to receive an amount close to his termination clause of €80m.
They are aware that the market is difficult, however, and so would be willing to accept Kurt Zouma as part of the deal because director of football, Monchi, is a big fan.
His preference would be to treat both matters separately if he could, first by selling Koundé and then doing a deal for Zouma.
Chelsea are yet to offer Zouma but did suggest Emerson, a proposal that was quickly rejected as Sevilla are well covered in that position with Marcos Acuña. That would not be the case at centre-back is Koundé leaves, hence the interest in Zouma.
At the moment, though, a proposal of €35m plus Zouma ‘does not convince’ Sevilla, and the operation has been halted as the two clubs try to agree on a valuation of the Chelsea man.
Sevilla are adamant that they would not pay more than €20-25m, and so while the operation will go ahead at some point, it is not in the ‘final phase’.
In fact, ‘there is still some way to go’, despite Koundé already having an agreement in place with Thomas Tuchel and co.