Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia accused of making ‘inopportune’ transfer approach

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Sevilla director Monchi has claimed Chelsea’s summer approach for Jules Kounde was the ‘most important’ in the club’s history. But he has accused Marina Granovskaia of launching a pursuit at an ‘inopportune’ time, which contributed to Chelsea’s failure to sign the 22-year-old.

The Blues were ready to pay £43million to sign Kounde in the summer transfer window.

But Sevilla demanded a fee north of £60m for their most prized asset, which Chelsea refused to pay.

The European champions’ final offer arrived in the latter stages of the window, which contributed to Sevilla denying the move.

Monchi recently opened up about Chelsea’s interest and explained why the La Liga outfit didn’t accept such an ‘important’ offer.

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Monchi has accused Chelsea chief Granovskaia of trying to lure Kounde to Chelsea at an inappropriate time.

The Sevilla director is likely referencing Chelsea’s final offer, which arrived in the latter stages of the summer transfer window.

He told Canal Sur Radio: “The proposal for Kounde last summer [from Chelsea] was great, the most important we received in our history – but it wasn’t meeting our price tag.

“Also, we received the bid in an inopportune moment.”

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After Chelsea failed to sign Kounde, Thomas Tuchel insisted he was happy with his options as they were and praised Granovskaia.

“Marina was in charge, and she is the best person who can be in charge. We were in contact and Petr Cech was in contact,” Tuchel explained.

“Us three, we knew about all the situations. We knew things could happen, things could 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.”

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But Chelsea’s interest in a new centre-back comes as no surprise, considering four of Tuchel’s current options are out of contract at the end of the season.

Andreas Christensen is in advanced talks over a new deal after a solid start to the 2021/22 season.

But Antonio Rudiger, arguably Chelsea’s most important centre-half under Tuchel, isn’t thought to be close to extending his stay amid links to Bayern Munich.

Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, 32, and Thiago Silva’s, 37, futures remain uncertain, with the former a reported Barcelona target.

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