Chelsea unconcerned by late Barcelona interest

Chelsea are unconcerned about late interest from Barcelona in Jules Kounde, 90min understands, safe in the belief that they are still leading the pursuit of the Sevilla defender.

Kounde has been a longstanding target for Chelsea and came close to a move to Stamford Bridge last summer before the La Liga side increased their demands at the last minute.

However, the Blues’ interest has not waned over the course of the season and throughout the takeover process, with 90min previously reporting that the 23-year-old is set to be one of the first faces through the door under Todd Boehly’s ownership.

Indeed, talks are currently ongoing with Sevilla over a permanent transfer for the centre-back.

90min understands Chelsea are hoping to reach an agreement for around €60m (£51.2m), although as it stands Sevilla are demanding that the France international’s €80m (£68.2m) release clause is met, with no indication that they will back down.