Sevilla are reportedly angry at Jules Kounde for aggravating an injury which required surgery, putting his Chelsea transfer in doubt.
The Blues are desperate for new defenders following the exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. While Rudiger has gone to Real Madrid, Christensen has moved to Barcelona as both players try their hand in Spain.
Chelsea are subsequently thinking of raiding La Liga to bolster their back line again.
France international Kounde is their top target. Chelsea almost signed the 23-year-old last summer before a deal with Sevilla fell through in the final days of the transfer window.
And while Sevilla are more keen to sell Kounde to Chelsea this time around, the deal is in doubt.
Indeed, the centre-back aggravated a pelvis injury playing for France on Monday and underwent surgery on Tuesday.
The Sun consequently reports that Kounde ‘fears’ that his transfer to Stamford Bridge could fail again, despite the operation being a minor one,
Sevilla are also fearful and are in fact ‘fuming’ at the defender for making the problem worse.
Kounde flared up an old pelvis problem in France’s 1-0 defeat to Croatia, with Sevilla angry that he decided to play and risk himself.
Nevertheless, The Sun adds that Sevilla still have some hope that Kounde can get his move to Chelsea.
They will hold out for his £69million release clause, which they reckon the Blues will pay given their long-term interest in him and need for new recruits.
Chelsea need Kounde, Sevilla deal
Chelsea need to get the Kounde deal over the line to kick-start their summer transfer window.
They have yet to make any signings, with the window still in its early stages.
Despite that, Liverpool and Manchester City – who Chelsea are trying to close the gap to in the Premier League – have already sealed statement arrivals.
Chelsea want to pay £50m for Jules Kounde from Sevilla
Chelsea hope to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde for only £50m this summer
Liverpool have added Darwin Nunez in attack, with City also strengthening their front line with Erling Haaland.
Kounde would be a statement arrival for the Blues. He has starred for Sevilla in La Liga, the Champions League and the Europa League.
He is also well in with Didier Deschamps’ France now following his arrival on the international scene last summer.