Chelsea transfer target Jules Kounde forced to clarify cryptic message

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Jules Kounde has found himself on the receiving end of critisicm following the 22-year-old’s tweet on Friday night, and the Frenchman has had to explain his message to the fans and set the record straight.

Jules Kounde was forced to explain his tweet that was posted on Friday night, as fans of Sevilla and Chelsea flooded the Frenchman’s replies with confusion over what it meant.

Kounde was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer and the deal looked likely to go ahead after the Blues offered £43million for the 22-year-old.

However, Sevilla changed their stance late in the window and insisted that Chelsea would have to pay Kounde’s £68.5m release clause if they were to sign their prized asset.

Kounde even flew to Paris in the hope that a deal would be completed, but Chelsea failed to increase their offer before the deadline, meaning that the defender will remain at Sevilla for the time being.

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The Frenchman was reportedly furious that his move to Chelsea wasn’t completed, leading many fans to believe that his message posted on social media was a reference to how he felt about the failed transfer.

Kounde posted a tweet saying: “You know the price of everything but the value of nothing #CLB.”

This sparked mayhem in the replies as Sevilla fans were furious with Kounde’s comments, criticising him for disrespecting the club, but Chelsea fans teased the Spanish faithful and urged the Frenchman to continue pushing for a move.

It seems that everyone was wrapped up in transfer gossip though, as the hashtag ‘#CLB’ was a clear clue that fans overlooked, as Kounde explained that he was just referencing lyrics from a new album released by rapper Drake.

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Certified Lover Boy was released by Drake on Friday which was when the tweet was posted, and Kounde was quick to dismiss any rumours surrounding his transfer situation, as he said: “Chill! It’s just lyrics, really not that deep.”

Although a potential dispute following the failed move may have made for more juicy reading, the 22-year-old was simply referencing lyrics from the song ‘Love All’ which features Jay-Z, which seems to have now muted both sets of fans.

Kounde definitely wanted the move, and it’s likely Chelsea will be back in for the Frenchman, but Thomas Tuchel’s side will have to wait until at least January to launch another attack.

A centre-back remains a transfer priority at Stamford Bridge, after Chelsea re-signed Romelu Lukaku to resolve their striking issues, and their attitude when it came to bringing in the Belgian may have led to Sevilla rethinking their stance with Kounde.

Chelsea made their interest in Lukaku heavily known, and saw their initial offer rejected by Inter Milan, which led to them tabling a £97.5m offer that the Serie A champions couldn’t refuse.

Sevilla decided to increase their asking price for Kounde with the hopes that Chelsea would surrender and pay up in a similar fashion, but this time the Blues held off from splashing the cash.

Chelsea almost did enough to convince Sevilla into a sale, as the clubs sporting director Monchi said: “It was an important offer, considering the current world where there are so many hardships, but it did not meet our demands, conditions, or quantities.”

Sevilla are under no pressure to sell the Frenchman, who is contracted until 2024, but it is likely that clubs will be circling for Kounde if he continues to impress in La Liga.

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