Jules Kounde is prepared to stay at Sevilla if a move to Chelsea fails to materialise, according to reports.
The 22-year-old defender, who has just under three years remaining on his contract with the La Liga club, is wanted by the Blues before the end of the summer transfer window at the end of this month.
Kounde is said to have a £68million release clause in his deal with the La Liga outfit, but Chelsea are keen on trying to drive Sevilla’s asking price down.
The Spanish club do not want to sell the France international, and according to Fabrizio Romano, he will not force through a move, despite agreeing personal terms with the Blues recently.
It looks as if Chelsea are yet to make an official offer for Kounde, with Sevilla director Monchi claiming no bids have been made for the French defender.
Speaking earlier this month, he said: “Many clubs have asked for Kounde. Of course there is interest but no official bid is on the table.
“I don’t know what is going to happen. We will sell if an important bid arrives, this is our policy to improve the team.”
Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui also addressed speculation over Kounde’s future recently and insisted there is no sign that he wants to leave the club this month.
Lopetegui, via Spanish news outlet Marca, said: “I don’t have the feeling that this is his last game [a recent 3-0 win against Rayo Vallecano]. There is nothing that tells me that he will not continue with us.
“He played a very good game. Things can happen until 31st August. We need to strengthen positions and we are working on it.”