Blues will need to act quickly if they still wish to land defensive midfielder.
Liga outfit Sevilla have revealed that they have rejected a bid for in-demand midfield player Geoffrey Kondogbia from an unnamed suitor, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The highly rated young France Under-20 international has only been at Sevilla for the past season now, having originally arrived in southern Spain from Ligue 1 side RC Lens, although even in that brief period of time the 20-year-old has already managed to catch the eye of many of Europe’s biggest clubs.
And one of those teams is understood to be Chelsea, whose new head coach Jose Mourinho is believed to have been impressed with the holding midfield player’s displays in La Liga in the 2012-13 campaign, so much so that it was rumoured that the west London club would be making a move to sign Kondogbia when the summer transfer window reopened on July 1.
However, now the Blues will have to act quickly if they still wish to bring the player to Stamford Bridge for next season after Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido confirmed: “The bid wasn’t sufficient.
“The idea is that he continues growing here at Seville like he did last season.”
Kondogbia featured in 31 Liga contests for Sevilla last season, scoring just the one goal, and has a contract with the Andalusians that runs until June 2017.