Chelsea pulled out of €55million Jules Kounde deal – Monchi

Jules Kounde

Monchi claims Chelsea opted out of Jules Kounde deal

According to Sevilla’s director of football Monchi, Chelsea withdrew their offer to sign Jules Kounde, making it easy for Barcelona to move in for the player.

Barcelona on Thursday confirmed that they were on the verge of completing a deal for France international Kounde from their LaLiga rivals.

The 23-year-old Jules Kounde looked set to join Premier League club Chelsea, who agreed a fee with Sevilla.

Monchi, though, has claimed the Blues opted out of the arrangement after having “doubts”.

“On Thursday [July 21] Kounde was ‘sold’ to Chelsea,” Monchi told Sevilla’s club media. “They began to have doubts and pulled out. Then Barcelona appeared. The first time [sporting director Mateu] Alemany got in contact was on Monday.

“We received an offer that was lower than what we had in mind, but we renegotiated with them and reached an agreement for a club-record sale.”

Monchi added that Chelsea later returned with another bid, but that could not match up to Barcelona’s offer.

“This would have been the third time we’d have told him no,” Monchi said. “He’s a professional, but you have to consider the person as well.”

Sevilla now head into the next season having sold their regular starting centre-backs in Kounde and Diego Carlos.

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