Chelsea are not ready to give up their pursuit of Jules Kounde amid Diego Carlos’ impending move to Aston Villa.
Villa have announced that they have reached an agreement to sign the Brazilian centre-back from Sevilla.
The news has cast doubt on whether Chelsea will get Kounde, who also plays as a centre-back for Sevilla.
However, the transfer expert fabrice romano says Chelsea’s interest in the Frenchman remains.
Romano adds that Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is an admirer of Koundé, who wants to move to the Premier League.
Chelsea look set to open talks with the player sooner or later, with Todd Boehly’s takeover of the club finally complete.
The British government and the Premier League had already approved the takeover, but final ratification by the Portuguese government was needed for the deal to go through as Abramovich holds a Portuguese passport.
And a statement issued by the European nation on Thursday confirmed: “Portugal has authorized, this Wednesday evening, the sale of Chelsea Football Club.
“The two responsible national authorities – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Finance – have given the green light to the request received on behalf of Roman Abramovich for a humanitarian exemption, allowing the English club to be compromised.
“The Portuguese authorization follows the guarantee given by the British authorities that the proceeds of the sale will be used for humanitarian purposes, not directly or indirectly benefiting the owner of the club, which is on the list of sanctions of the Union. The national position has the agreement of the European Commission.