With the transfers of Romelu Lukaku and Saul Niguez, Chelsea upgraded the already powerful team almost to the limit of perfection. Only the defender was missing so that Thomas Tuchel could say: That's it! The Blues tried to bring a defender, but in the end they did not succeed.
There has been speculation all year about the transfer of Gilles Kounde from Sevilla or the Spanish club have resisted. In the end, the truth came out ... Local media from Seville claim that Chelsea submitted only one official offer for Kounde and that it was six days before the summer market closed.
50,000,000 euros were offered from Stamford Bridge. That was not enough for Sevilla because the player has a release clause of 80,000,000 euros. They were even ready to lower the price to 70,000,000 euros, but Chelsea did not want to increase the offer.
Many are wondering how Sevilla managed to resist the offer of 50,000,000 euros, considering that their record so far was the transfer of Wissam Ben Yedder to Monaco for 40,000,000 euros. The answer is that the Spaniards expected more.
They knew Chelsea had the money and could offer it. Now the story has surfaced that Kounde was actually a backup option for the Blues for the main transfer, which they worked on in secret.
Marquinhos and De Ligt
French and Spanish media reveal that Chelsea's director Marina Granovskaia tried to buy Brazilian Marquinhos from Paris Saint-Germain and offered as much as 100,000,000 euros for his transfer.
He was the main wish of coach Thomas Tcuhel, who worked with them in Paris. However, the stubbornness of the Arab owners at the head of the French club eventually left Chelsea without a chance. PSG did not even want to hear about the sale of the Brazilian.
Whatever offer it is ... Sevilla's director Monchi knew that and that is why he did not want to lower the price for Kounde. If Chelsea already planned to spend twice as much money on the defender, they did not want to give them discounts.
He hoped that at the end of the transfer window they would enter into a panicked chase for central-defender and that they would pay what Sevilla asked for Kounde. Obviously, Chelsea was not so convinced of the French as the final solution and that he is worth that much money ...
And that story seems to be over because Chelsea now have different plans. The target of the European champion is Matthijs De Ligt, who has a buyout clause worth 120,000,000 euros at Juventus from next summer. If they were ready to pay 100,000,000 for Marquinhos, it is not excluded that they will increase the offer for the Dutchman a little more and solve the issue of the defender line in the long run ..