The Blues have maintained close contact with the 22-year-old defender, but convincing the Liga side to sell may prove difficult. Sevilla have confirmed that they have turned down a bid for Jules Kounde, but they insist that they have no plans to sell the Chelsea target or any other player. Kounde, 22, has been linked with a summer move to Stamford Bridge.
Kounde’s release clause has also been increased in recent weeks, rising from €80 million to €90 million, though Chelsea are hopeful that they will be able to agree on a lower price. However, in Castro’s opinion, the onus is on the Londoners or any other suitor to persuade them to sell.