Jules Koundé spent much of the summer being linked with a move to Chelsea, but, in the end, no deal materialised.
His parent club Sevilla were unwilling to let him go unless his £68.5 million release clause was met, despite the financial challenges the La Liga side is facing in the wake of the Covid pandemic.
That was a price the West London club were unwilling to pay, and the player was annoyed by the Spanish club’s stance.
Chelsea have not given up hope of signing him again when the transfer window opens again, but they could face competition from familiar rivals. Both Spurs and Arsenal are also tracking the French international, who could yet realise his dream of moving to the Premier League this season.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.