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Chelsea are particularly not happy with the way the Jules Kounde transfer saga played out and they have expressed their dissatisfaction and disappointment to the player’s club Sevilla following the breakdown of the transfer. The Blues showed some serious interest in the France international central defender and were ready to snap him up this summer but the possibility of the move happening initially depended on some certain factors. One of those factors was that Chelsea would first try to sell a defender in order to raise funds before making their first official offer for Kounde. However, the whole thing didn’t actually happen as planned.

The defender Chelsea decided to sell was Kurt Zouma. The initial agreement was for Chelsea to agree a player-plus-cash deal with Sevilla and they would be expected to send Zouma to Spain and add some additional cash to prise Kounde away from the club. But that was not going to happen as Zouma insisted that he would not be heading to Spain and would love to remain in the English Premier League instead. It was initially a difficult situation for the Blues but they managed to reach an agreement with West Ham United after the Hammers registered an interest in signing the player.

After West Ham signed Zouma, the coast became clear and everything was set for Kounde to move to Stamford Bridge but there was another problem. The Blues refused to agree to the release clause that Sevilla were asking from Chelsea and the Spanish La Liga club decided not to sell the player eventually.

The breakdown of the deal left Chelsea MA ager Thomas Tuchel short of one center-back but it looks as though he wants to manage the resources he has currently and then make a January bid for Kounde in the coming months.