Chelsea get ultimatum to sign Tuchel’s last player of the summer

The Blues are running out of time to secure their first-choice centre-back target this summer as the window will soon be closing.

Chelsea have been handed a transfer ultimatum for centre-back target Jules Kounde as Sevilla want a deal to be concluded quickly if they were to release their French star this summer.

Kounde, 22, impressed in La Liga last season and consequently his consistent performances earned him attention from the Premier League, with both Tottenham and Chelsea interested.

football.london understands that Marina Granovskaia is keen on the £68million defender, but the Blues’ inability so far to move on fellow centre-back Kurt Zouma has hampered any deal so far.

It was initially reported that Trevoh Chalobah’s great performances at the start of this campaign may have resulted in a U-turn for the 22-year-old.

However, The Telegraph’s Matt Law has reported that Granvoskaia and co. still remain interested in completing a swoop for a central defender this summer as he is a long-term target of the club.

Coupled with this, Thomas Tuchel’s Chalobah hint that was revealed in his pre-match press conference for Arsenal clash this weekend after a possible position change amid talk of a new defender coming in showcases that the Blues’ pursuit of Kounde is far from over.

Recent reports from Spain had indicated that the Andalusian-based club were still waiting for an official proposal from the Chelsea hierarchy as they line up former Blues target Boubacar Kamara as a potential replacement.

But recent developments on Friday have hinted that work may be going on behind the scene to get the deal in place, as Sevilla demand a quick solution if they are to release the ex-Bordeaux star before August 31 deadline.

Fabrizio Romano has provided the latest update on his Twitch channel regarding the Frenchman’s immediate future.

@CFCPYS’ tweet on what happened on this said stream read: ‘Fabrizio Romano just had a phone call and it was about Jules Kounde, all he can say is the “ timing “ is important.

‘Sevilla are not selling Kounde late in the window.

‘Next few days are VITAL in this transfer.’

With only 11 days left in the transfer window, one would presume that if there was no breakthrough in the Kounde deal within the next seven days, then Monchi could block the exit altogether with how late the Chelsea board have left it to secure their man.

Certainly, Sevilla boss Julien Lopetegui isn’t anticipating an imminent departure of his star centre-half this summer with his latest comments on the situation which came after Kounde’s first appearance this campaign in the club’s first game of the season against Rayo Vallecano last weekend.

He said via Spanish news outlet Marca: “I don’t have the feeling that this is his last game [Sunday’s 3-0 win against Rayo Vallecano]. There is nothing that tells me that he will not continue with us.

“He played a very good game. Things can happen until 31st August. We need to strengthen positions and we are working on it.”

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