Chelsea warned Sevilla are "not broke" as Blues continue to hunt Kounde transfer

Chelsea have been warned that Sevilla are "not broke" as the Blues continue to hunt a transfer for their French defender Jules Kounde.

Thomas Tuchel's side were linked with the 22-year-old throughout the summer as they looked to bolster their options in the centre of their defence.

However, after refusing to trigger the release clause in Kounde's contract, Chelsea were unable to agree a fee with the Spanish club to bring the former Bordeaux man to the Premier League.

The Blues are understood to still be interested in Kounde and could return with a fresh approach when the transfer window re-opens in January.

They have, though, been warned that Sevilla are not struggling financially and do not have to sell their key players in order to balance the books.

Sevilla president Jose Castro told AS: "To say that the club is broke is ridiculous. Last season we had a surplus, after a season without season tickets, without ticket sales.

“The deficit would have been resolved by selling Kounde and we showed that we are economically powerful and we will not accept €50million.

"To say that Sevilla is broke is to not have affection for the club.”

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Castro was responding to claims from former Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido that the club are in a financial mess following the disruptions caused by Covid.

Sevilla reportedly turned down a bid of around £43million from Chelsea in the final days of the summer transfer window having set their asking price at £60million.

Due to Kounde having a release clause worth £68.5million, Sevilla are only prepared to sell for an exceptional fee.

Chelsea may also face competition for Kounde with his performances for Sevilla and France attracting attention from elsewhere.

The Sun report that both Real Madrid and Manchester United are interested in Kounde, who is capable of playing at right-back as well as in the centre of defence.

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