Chelsea are still in discussions to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, according to 90min.com‘s Graeme Bailey.
The journalist, who was the first to report on Joe Willock’s £25m move to Newcastle, claims that the Blues are unable to pay Kounde’s €80m (£68m) release clause upfront due to Financial Fairplay restrictions:
Chelsea look for solutions to avoid paying Jules Kounde release clause, but Sevilla want extra if they negotiate a deal. https://t.co/X9i60rAonN
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 11, 2021
It is believed that the London club are ready to offer more than the buyout fee if Sevilla are open to receiving the money in installments over a number of years.
However, the La Liga side have already said they would only agree to that condition if Chelsea are willing to shell out £90m on Kounde, which is currently more than the European champions are prepared to pay.
Bailey claims that talks are ongoing between the two clubs to find a resolution, but it remains to be seen whether an agreement can be reached before the transfer window closes later this month.