Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a major blow in their bid to bring Jules Kounde to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Sun, who claim that Chelsea are preparing a bid to steal the Sevilla defender away from a potential move to Spurs, with Thomas Tuchel’s side expected to make an offer for the centre-back in the coming days.
It is reported that Manchester City have also seen a bid of £47m rejected for the France international, with the La Liga side believed to be demanding a fee of £69m in order to part with the 22-year-old this summer.
The report also goes on to claim that Kounde himself is not overly enthused about the prospect of linking up with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, something that would appear to suggest the Frenchman would prefer a switch to west London ahead of next season.
Considering the length of time Tottenham have been linked with a move for Kounde, the fact that the player now seems against the idea of a switch to the north London club, in addition to their London rivals Chelsea now appearing to be ahead of them in the race for the defender, is likely to have left Fabio Paratici livid.
Indeed, it would appear the director of football has spent a great deal of both time and energy in pursuing the £54m-rated man, as the continued reports would appear to indicate, something that now could be seen as time that could have been spent on attempting to sign a player more willing of a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And, considering just how impressive the 22-year-old was for Sevilla this season, if Chelsea do indeed go on to sign the Frenchman ahead of Spurs, it would be a significant blow for Paratici and his side.
Over his 34 La Liga appearances for Sevilla last term, the £73k-per-week defender helped his team keep 15 clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.2 interceptions, 0.8 tackles, 2.9 clearances and winning 5.4 duels per game.
The centre-back also chipped in for his side going forwards, bagging two goals, providing one assist and creating two big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 0.3 key passes per league fixture.
These metrics saw man Julen Lopetegui dubbed an “important” player earn an average SofaScore match rating of 7.08, ranking him as the club’s third-best performer in the top flight of Spanish football, playing a key role in his side sealing an impressive fourth-place finish in La Liga.
As such, should Tottenham indeed fail in their attempts to land Kounde this summer, it would very much appear as if they would be missing out on a player who not only has an extremely bright future in the game, but also one who would easily slot straight into Nuno Espirito Santo’s first team next season.