Thomas Tuchel was that confident Jules Kounde would be a Chelsea player this summer he reportedly spoke to his players about his arrival.
The Frenchman has been a target for the Blues for two years and it seemed a formality they would get their man with how talks were progressing between the two clubs.
It’s claimed that there was an agreement in principle, but in a drastic turn of events, the proposed deal is now off, according to The Athletic.
Sevilla are now demanding £13million more than their original asking price which has subsequently led Chelsea to walk away from the move. The Blues will only go back in for Kounde if the Spanish club lower their demands.
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The Blues will address the situation with Kounde in the January window if nothing changes, but the Blues boss has been left with egg on his face as he tempted fate by talking to his players about the centre-half’s arrival over the summer.
Tuchel likes to play a back three and Kounde was his top target to provide competition for Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger in the short term, but at the age of 22, he was seen as a bright prospect for the future.
Kounde made it clear he was never going to force through a move to Stamford Bridge which meant the onus was on Chelsea to orchestrate a deal with the La Liga side.
Sevilla’s dramatic change in their stance seems to have coincided with Zouma’s departure to the Hammers.
“I’m very happy and very proud,” Zouma told West Ham’s official website.
“My conversation with the manager went very fast. I just felt like he really wanted me to come and join the team, especially a good team that’s started the season very, very well.
“With the great season that West Ham had last year, that gave the team a lot of confidence to improve this year – and I want to help the team do that.”