Chelsea aren’t prepared to give up on their pursuit of Jules Kounde amid Diego Carlos’ imminent move to Aston Villa.
Villa announced they’d 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 at centre-back for Sevilla.
However, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea’s interest in the Frenchman remains.
Romano adds that Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is an admirer of Kounde, who’s keen to move to the Premier League.
Chelsea look like they’ll be able to open talks with the player sooner or later with Todd Boehly’s takeover of the club finally completed.
The UK government and Premier League had already approved the takeover, but final ratification from the government of Portugal was required for the deal to go through as Abramovich holds a Portuguese passport.
And a statement published on Thursday from the European nation confirmed: “Portugal gave authorisation, this Wednesday night, to 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 derogation, allowing the English club to be transacted.
“The Portuguese authorisation follows the guarantee given by the British authorities that the proceeds from the sale will be used for humanitarian purposes, not directly or indirectly benefiting the owner of the club, who is on the European Union sanctions list. The national position has the agreement of the European Commission.”