Chelsea worried Roman Abramovich may have stopped them signing top summer transfer target

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Chelsea could miss out on signing their top summer transfer target Jules Kounde if the club is not sold quickly, according to reports. Kounde, 23, has been on the club’s radar for some time due to his impressive performances for Sevilla.

The Frenchman has developed into one of the brightest young defensive talents in Europe following his move to La Liga from Bordeaux in 2019. And according to the Daily Star, before Roman Abramovich announced his intention to sell the club, Chelsea were frontrunners to sign Kounde in a move worth up to £60million.

The same outlet says the Blues had even received assurances that Kounde would reject interest from other clubs in favour of a move to Chelsea. However, the financial restrictions placed on the club by the UK government means Kounde’s future remains up in the air.

The 23-year-old started in the first-leg of Sevilla’s last-16 Europa League clash with West Ham last week and is expected to line up against the Premier League side at the London Stadium on Thursday. Sevilla come into the second-leg with a 1-0 lead thanks to Munir El Haddadi’s winner at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last time out.

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They have joined forced with billionaire hedge fund tycoon Ken Griffin to submit a takeover proposal before Friday’s deadline. The Ricketts family have overseen the Cubs’ World Series win in 2016, while the major redevelopment of the club’s historic Wrigley Field has also taken place during their tenure.

A spokesperson for the family said: “The Ricketts Family, owners of the Chicago Cubs, can confirm they will be leading an investment group that will make a formal bid for Chelsea Football Club this Friday (March 18).

“As long-time operators of an iconic professional sports team, the Ricketts Family and their partners understand the importance of investing for success on the pitch, while respecting the traditions of the club, the fans and the community. We look forward to sharing further details of our plans in due course.”


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