Jules Kounde’s dream move to Chelsea has been rocked by an injury storm.
The £70million-rated Sevilla defender underwent surgery on Tuesday on an old pelvic problem which flared up on international duty on Monday.
Kounde fears that although the op is minor it could still affect his chances of securing a big-money transfer to the Prem this summer.
And Sevilla are privately fuming that Kounde opted to play for France against Croatia in the Nations League, while carrying the knock and risking the deal.
Meanwhile, the defender has reportedly informed Sevilla that he would prefer to join Barcelona over Chelsea this summer.
The Catalan side are believed to be weighing up a swap proposal that would allow them to skirt around the deal’s financial demands, leaving the Blues high and dry in their pursuit of two new centre-backs before the start of next season.