Sevilla are unlikely to sanction the sale of Jules Kounde to Chelsea unless his €80m release clause is triggered.
The Frenchman has been the Blues’ prime centre-back target, and it appeared that the club were close to landing him.
A deal of around €50m was verbally agreed, but Sevilla have since increased their valuation for their prized asset.
The Blues have not returned with a renewed offer today. It is now reported by The Star that Sevilla won’t negotiate.
The La Liga club are determined to keep Kounde now. He will only leave if the €80m buy-out clause is activated.
The Blues appear unlikely to meet the price tag, and Thomas Tuchel could work with the current squad options.