Switch professional Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Barcelona have joined the race to signal Chelsea goal Jules Kounde. He says that many golf equipment have an interest within the Sevilla centre-back, in order that the switch can be tough for the Blaugrana to tug off.
Sevilla star Kounde is likely one of the most sought-after centre-backs on the earth proper now. He is a superb interceptor, stays ice-cool below stress, and is a pacesetter on the again.
The Londonders, who’ve misplaced Antonio Rudiger to Actual Madrid and are set to see Andreas Christensen depart as a free agent on July 1, might do with Kounde’s attributes.
In accordance with Romano, their pursuit of the Frenchman is unlikely to be easy, although, as La Liga giants Barcelona additionally set their sights on him. Talking to Wett Freunde, Romano mentioned:
“Now Barcelona has jumped on the bandwagon. We now have to attend. As at all times with Barca, one has to confer with the monetary scenario and if they’re even in a position to attain a monetary settlement with Sevilla.”
He added that Sevilla had set the value tag for Kounde at €80 million however can be open to accepting a bid within the area of €75 million. Romano continued:
“Jules Kounde is at present priced at 80 million euros. Sevilla might be keen to just accept £65m (round €75m), so whoever needs him must pay that sum.”
The switch professional continued:
“Chelsea comprehend it, and now Barcelona comprehend it too. Barca will attempt to embrace their very own gamers within the negotiations. However let’s examine what Chelsea resolve as a result of they need to signal two central defenders this summer time, and he is one among them, together with Manchester Metropolis’s Nathan Ake. It is a loopy enterprise, very open, with many golf equipment within the draw. I believe will probably be tough for Barcelona.”
Kounde took half in 44 video games for Sevilla within the 2021-22 marketing campaign, registering three objectives and an help.
Chelsea got here near signing Barcelona-target Jules Kounde final summer time
In accordance with Romano, the Blues have been near getting Kounde final summer time. Nonetheless, the deal collapsed on the eleventh hour, with the Andalusians rejecting the Blues’ newest provide within the final week of the switch window.
The Blues have maintained contact with the participant’s representatives since then. Nonetheless, a change in personnel at Stamford Bridge – sporting director Marina Granovskaia not on the helm and new house owners coming in – has made issues trickier. Dissecting the intricacies of the switch, Romano mentioned:
“It is a difficult scenario. Chelsea have lengthy been enthusiastic about Kounde. Final summer time, he was one step away from becoming a member of Chelsea. It was greater than shut; it was on the house stretch, after which Sevilla determined to show down the final provide – within the final week of the switch window.”
“Since then, Chelsea have been in touch with Kounde’s brokers all year long. They’ve good conversations about wage. However now obligations have modified at Chelsea, sporting director Marina Granovskaia not leads the negotiations with the Blues.”
“Whereas she continues to assist out this switch summer time, Todd Boehly is the negotiator. So Kounde’s agent is ready for Chelsea to say whether or not they make a last provide or not.”