Chelsea’s failed £42.5m bid for Jules Kounde revealed as Sevilla chief claims club could have wiped out debts

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Sevilla president Jose Castro has revealed he could have wiped out the club’s debts if he had accepted Chelsea’s offer for Jules Kounde.

Chelsea made Kounde their top defensive target over the summer but failed in a late move to sign the 22-year-old France centre-back after failing to meet Sevilla’s asking price.

The Blues were reluctant to trigger Kounde’s £68.5million release clause but Castro has claimed they offered £42.5m, which was rejected by Sevilla.

Sevilla have recorded financial losses due to the impact of the pandemic but Castro has explained why they refused to sell Kounde.

“We are the second team with the highest salary cap capacity,” he told Spanish outlet Diario de Sevilla.

“It is clear to that we are coming out of a pandemic, and this year, there was no other option but to give a negative financial result. There have been no season tickets, no tickets and no bars. Marketing and television have suffered.

“Even so, with Chelsea’s offer of €50m, the deficit was over. That speaks of the strength of the club.

“I don’t know how many teams in Spain would say no to €50m from Chelsea and maintain this deficit, considering that the squad is worth €400m.

“The deficit comes from the pandemic, but also from choosing to build a stronger squad rather than sell in the last two markets. That’s called ambition, and sometimes to have ambition you have to have a deficit. It’s OK.”

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