Spanish giants Barcelona and Sevilla have reportedly agreed a price for French Defender Jules Kounde. The 23 year old is most probably going to leave Seville after manager Julen Lopetegui confirmed the reports. The CB has been on the radar of many top clubs but Barcelona and Chelsea have been the frontrunners. The defender is not said to have any particular priority between the 2 clubs. So the club to act fast in the negotiations may end up getting Kounde.
Jules Kounde has been of the best defenders in La Liga in recent times. The Frenchman formed a formidable partnership with Diego Carlos in the heart of the defense. The Sevilla defense was one of the best in the league. Kounde is blessed with incredible pace and tackling with fantastic aerial abilities as well. His ball playing abilities make him the perfect fit for Barcelona. This is one of the reasons why Xavi is desperate to get him.
Barcelona Sporting Director Mateu Alemany has agreed a price with Sevilla for Kounde. The price will lie in the bracket of 50-60 million euros. With the Second economic lever has also been activated, Barcelona will be looking to strengthen the defense as soon as possible. Journaist Gerard Romero also claims that fresh developments have been with Sevilla over Kounde.
Chelsea stand in between Barcelona and Kounde
But a transfer like this is not so easy to pull off. Chelsea have also come in with an official bid to sign Jules Kounde. The London club has had its first bid failed. Sevilla expect them to come with a worthy offer for Kounde. Barcelona will have to act fast if they are to get him. The Frenchman will maybe prefer Chelsea because of a better personal contract. But Xavi and Barca believe they can get Kounde to accept a deal.
Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea already have business to settle with Barcelona. The Catalans hijacked the Blues’s move for Raphinha at the last moment. Ousmane Dembele who was close to joining Chelsea also agreed for a new contract at Barca. It will be interesting to see where Jules Kounde ends up. Chelsea need him more than ever after losing Christensen and Rudiger. They will try to be as fast as possible.
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