Sevilla could have "wiped" all club debts with Chelseas bid for Jules Kounde

Sevilla outlined their ambition of winning major silverware by turning down a bid from Chelsea that would've 'wiped out all their debts' according to club president Jose Castro.

France international defender Jules Kounde is said to have caught the interest of Blues director Marina Granovskaia towards the end of last season, but a transfer didn't follow.

That is not due to a lack of trying from the Premier League side, who submitted a substantial bid with the hope that the 22-year-old would join Thomas Tuchel's side alongside Romelu Lukaku and Saul Niguez.

Sevilla, however, decided not to accept the £42.5million approach, with Castro admitting that the move would've made the club fully financially stable after the recent pandemic.

Castro told Diario de Sevilla this week: "We are the second team with the highest salary cap capacity.

"Nobody can escape the fact we are coming out of a pandemic and this year there was no choice but to give a negative financial result.

"There has been no income from season tickets, match tickets or bars. Marketing and television revenues have suffered.

"Even so, with Chelsea's offer of €50million, the deficit was wiped out. That speaks of the strength of the club.

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"I don't know how many teams in Spain would say 'no' to Chelsea's €50m and maintain this deficit, considering that the squad is worth €400m [£340m].

"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."

Tuchel said of the failed move in September: "Marina was in charge and she is the best person who can be in charge.

"We were in contact and Petr Cech (technical and performance advisor) was in contact. Us three we knew about all the situations. We knew things can happen, things can happen late, and we were also very aware of the situation that, maybe, nothing happens at all.

"I assured everybody that I’m also happy if we cannot bring a player in. We will find the solution within the squad. We will push players within the squad.

"But it was clear we tried for Kounde and Saul and it was very, very late, but it was a very, very smooth transfer window because I had full concentration on training and on my team."

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