CHELSEA have ditched their attempt to sign Jules Kounde after Sevilla added £13million to their asking price, according to reports.
The clubs reportedly agreed a £43m fee for the centre-back but the La Liga side appear to have shifted the goalposts.
Sevilla want an extra £13m for the Frenchman, according to the Athletic.
And the Blues are reportedly unwilling to meet it.
Club chiefs are said to have thought a verbal agreement was in place with the Spanish side.
But Sevilla have requested more than the West Londoners feel was originally discussed and the Champions League winners will not increase their offer.
Kounde's release clause is set at £68.5m and Sevilla are reportedly hoping to earn close to the figure if the Frenchman leaves in the final week of the window.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has been linked with a number of new defenders this summer, including Raphael Varane.
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But attention has been focused on 22-year-old Kounde in recent days after he told Sevilla of his desire to leave.
Los Rojiblancos did not take the player to Elche for Saturday's LaLiga clash – a 1-1 draw – their last before the transfer deadline.
Chelsea have just sold Kurt Zouma to London rivals West Ham for £29.8m.
The centre-back had long been linked with the Hammers, having largely fallen out of favour under Thomas Tuchel.
And the sale was expected to fund the Kounde transfer but it appears that is on hold for now.
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Upon joining West Ham, Zouma told the East Londoners' official website: "I’m very happy and very proud.
"My conversation with the manager went very fast. I just felt like he really wanted me to come and join the team, especially a good team that’s started the season very, very well.
"With the great season that West Ham had last year, that gave the team a lot of confidence to improve this year – and I want to help the team do that."
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