The Blues tried to sign two players from La Liga, but found that the goalposts were moved ahead of schedule.
Chelsea have told dozens of players, including Callum Hudson-Odoi, that they cannot seek loan opportunities after having run into trouble in negotiations with both Jules Cunde of Sevilla and Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid …
In Saul’s case, the Blues are keen to strike a deal if it can be done in the form of an outright loan, but the Spanish champions want an item that will likely make her a permanent £ 34m ($ 47m) deal. The 26-year-old is eager to move to Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, as far as Kounde is concerned, Chelsea have discovered that Sevilla have taken a non-negotiable position and are asking for € 65m (£ 56m / $ 77m). The Blues may have weakened their bargaining power by selling Kurt Zuma to West Ham for £ 29.8m ($ 41m) with no guaranteed replacement.
How does this affect costs?
Though blue can force Kounde to make a move using his release clause, they will most likely wait for the last hours of the window in the “cat and mouse” negotiation game.
Due to hesitations in a deal for the 22-year-old, Callum Hudson-Odoi’s proposed move to Borussia Dortmund is among the blocked moves, while the Ruben Loftus-Chick situation is also tied to Saul.
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Ethan Ampad was also told that he would remain at the club and would not be able to seek a loan as his situation was linked to developments in Kounda.
What deals will go through?
The transfer of Tiemue Bakayoko to Milan will not be blocked by the situation and will be announced shortly.
The Blues intend to earn 1 million euros a year from the deal and another 1 million euros if Milan qualify for the Champions League. Under certain conditions, there is a mandatory purchase option of € 17 million (£ 15 million / US $ 20 million).
The likes of Malang Sarr, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and Lewis Baker will be allowed to leave regardless of the situation elsewhere.
Additional reporting by Paco Rico in Seville.