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Sevilla still waiting on Chelsea’s Koundé offer; Spurs also linked again with Zouma — reports

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Sevilla have publicly said that they aren’t expecting Jules Koundé to leave this summer, but in the background, and despite the player making his season debut over the weekend, they’re still seemingly hoping that Chelsea make a bid before the transfer window shuts. That would allow Sevilla to make a few still-needed signings of their own as well.

According to Marca and Diario AS, Koundé’s release clause has risen by €10m to €90m as per some stipulation in his contract, though that’s unlikely to increase Sevilla’s asking price, which is still around €65-70m, including bonuses. However, Chelsea have yet to bite, and we seem far less desperate to do so than just a few weeks ago, despite Koundé seemingly pushing for a move now. (Ed.note: thanks, Trevoh!)

Chelsea could be waiting for Kurt Zouma’s departure to occur first, but the 26-year-old’s salary demands combined with Chelsea’s asking price are putting West Ham off (again), as per the Guardian and Evening Standard.

Zouma was re-linked with Tottenham Hotspur as well today — Sky Sports, and others — as remotely unlikely the prospect of us doing business with Spurs may be.