According to reports, Chelsea's plan to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla this summer has been suspended.
After Romelu Lukaku, it appeared like the center-back would be the Blues' second high-profile acquisition of the summer, with Thomas Tuchel looking to improve his defensive options.
Chelsea believed they had reached a verbal deal to sign Kounde for roughly €50 million (£42.8 million).
However, according to The Athletic, Sevilla has increased their asking price to €15 million (£12.8 million), which Chelsea is unwilling to pay.
According to the report, the Spanish club has changed its mind after watching Chelsea collect £29.8 million for Kurt Zouma's transfer to West Ham United, and they are also concerned about not being able to recruit a suitable replacement before the transfer deadline.
Kounde was left out of Sevilla's squad for Saturday's 1-1 draw with Elche in La Liga.