Chelsea ‘were ready to pay £85m’ for Marquinhos but PSG and player both snubbed Blues

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Chelsea were sensationally prepared to pay a huge £85million for Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos during the summer transfer window but were snubbed by both the club and the player, according to reports. Blues boss Thomas Tuchel was clearly interested in adding a new centre-back to his squad given the club’s pursuit of Jules Kounde from Sevilla. 

The Premier League side attempted to sign Kounde from LaLiga side Sevilla but had their attempts consistently knocked back. 

Tuchel is facing a defensive crisis if Chelsea do not resolve the futures of three stars. Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen each have their contracts expire at the end of next June and fresh terms for the three players are yet to be finalised. 

Christensen has said that talks over a new deal are going well but the West Londoners will surely like for the futures of the trio to be solved soon. 

Tuchel still wanted to add a new defender to his ranks in the summer but appeared to fail in several attempts for different players. 

Sevilla rejected their approach for Kounde and it has now been revealed that Chelsea attempted to sign the more experienced Marquinhos from PSG. 

According to French broadcaster RMC, the Stamford Bridge tranafer hierarchy were willing to offer as much as £85m for the Brazilian. 

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