Glen Johnson has revealed he believes that Chelsea will be 'kicking themselves' that they couldn't finalise a deal for Sevilla's Jules Kounde.
Thomas Tuchel's side had been tracking the Frenchman all summer, but they failed to match Sevilla's valuation of the centre-back.
The Spanish side had set a deadline for Kounde, 22, that Chelsea missed before asking for his release clause on Transfer Deadline Day, which Chelsea opted not to match.
And Johnson believes that the Blues should have pushed more for the Frenchman's signature.
And the former Liverpool wing-back recently spoke to bettingodds.com about Kounde's proposed move to Chelsea.
Johnson said: "I do think that they have a defence which is good enough for a title-winning side already.
"Well at least on their day they’re good enough. They just need to remain focused, stay determined and they’ll be very hard to beat.
"However at the same time, when you’ve got the chance to sign yourself a quality centre-half then you’re going to want to do so.
"I think they’ll be kicking themselves a bit that they didn’t get the Kounde deal over the line.
"But at the same time having said that, if they can keep their current central defenders fit then I think they will have a good side anyway."
What do you think about Johnson's comments? Let us know in the comments section
Kounde was reportedly fuming that his move to Chelsea didn't go through, according to The Spanish Football Podcast.
The report claims Kounde is not currently answering his phone to Sevilla's director of football, Monchi, or his manager Julen Lopetegui.
And frustrations about the move may have translated onto the pitch with the French international seeing red in their clash with Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Kounde was dismissed in the 51st-minute thanks to a dangerous challenge on Sead Kolasinac.
Don't miss a thing with our football updates!
Want to be on the ball with all of the latest football news?
Well then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football email newsletter!
From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox – don't miss a thing.
How do you sign up?
It only takes a matter of seconds.
Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit 'subscribe'.
And that's it, job done. You'll receive an email with all of the top news stories every single morning.
You can find out more information on our email newsletter on this link here.
Chelsea, meanwhile, pushed through the sale of Kurt Zouma to West Ham, which was hoped to pave the way for Kounde.
However, even without securing Kounde's services Chelsea still have a wealth of talent at the back.
Source: Read Full Article