Sevilla owner Jose Castro has confirmed that his club did receive an offer from Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea for Jules Kounde in the summer transfer market.
The Frenchman was the subject of interest from the west Londoners all summer long but ultimately stayed in Spain after Chelsea refused to meet Los Nervionenses’ asking price.
Kounde is said to possess a £68m exit clause in his Sevilla contract, but club chairman Castro has revealed that the UEFA Champions League holders only stumped up a proposal of €50m (£42.5m), which was swiftly snubbed.
Speaking to Diario de Sevilla, Jose said: “We are the second team with the highest salary cap capacity. It is clear 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.”