Chelsea and Barcelona Reach Agreement to Sign Jules Kounde in Deal Worth Up to 55 Million
Jules Kounde has reportedly turned down a move to Chelsea, where Chelsea has agreed to pay Sevilla PS55 million for his services. Kounde had indicated that he was happy to sign a five-year contract with Chelsea, but Barcelona has urged him to stay with them pending an agreement with them. Xavi has been instrumental in convincing Kounde to stay at the Nou Camp.
Cesar Azpilicueta is also a target for Barcelona
The Spaniard is reportedly set for a free transfer to Barcelona this summer. Having won every trophy available to the club in the last ten years, Azpilicueta is set to become a free agent after his contract at Chelsea expires at the end of the season. However, despite the interest shown by Barcelona, Chelsea is insistent that they will not give up on the Spaniard, as he is still under contract with the club and has a one-year extension clause at Stamford Bridge.
Xavi and Pedro have spoken positively about Azpilicueta, who can play at center-back and right-back. Barcelona is keen to sign the Spaniard, who would cost them around $14 million per season before taxes. Apart from Azpilicueta, Barcelona is also targeting Marcos Alonso, who has 12 months remaining on his contract.
Chelsea is keen on signing Jules Kounde
The French defender has reportedly scouted several properties in London after being interested in joining Chelsea. It is not known whether Kounde will agree to a move to Stamford Bridge. Sevilla is keen on resigning the center-back, but will also wait for an offer from Barcelona. Kounde is said to be open to moving to the Premier League next season. Meanwhile, Barcelona is also interested in signing the Sevilla defender but has already lost out to Chelsea.
Barcelona has been linked with a move for Kounde, but Chelsea is keen on bringing in a new center-back. The defender is expected to cost EUR50m plus £10million in variables, so Chelsea will need to sell Zouma to raise the funds for the new player. It is unlikely that Kounde will be able to wait, though. If he does decide to join Barcelona, it could mean that Cesar Azpilicueta will stay at Stamford Bridge.
Barcelona is chasing a replacement for Gerard Pique
Barcelona is currently considering its options following the retirement of Gerard Pique. The club is looking for ways to reduce their wage bill and signing Robert Lewandowski is simply not possible. Gerard Pique, however, remains one of the club’s highest earners, earning more than PS16million a season. He has won 21 major trophies in 14 seasons for Barca, including the World Cup and the European Championship with Spain. Pique also played in more than half of the club’s league games over the past two seasons.
As the club prepares for life without Gerard Pique, they are looking at a number of potential replacements. One name being linked is Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, who has a contract until 2024. Ajax has also been linked with Pique but has not yet made a decision. However, it’s important to note that a player with the age of Gerard Pique is unlikely to join Barcelona in the short term.
Benjamin Pavard is on Chelsea’s wish-list
While Jules Kounde has been linked with a move to Chelsea for some time, the Belgian international has been at Sevilla for the last three seasons and helped them win the Europa League. With 133 appearances in total, Jules has established himself as one of the top center-backs in Spain and is on Chelsea’s list of targets this summer.
Kounde’s move to Barcelona has long been suspected by Chelsea and it seems that the two sides are well apart in valuation. Having signed for Inter in 2017, Skriniar has barely missed a single game and has played 215 times for Inter. If Kounde is injured, his availability could become more important.
While Ronaldo has been linked with Chelsea, Tuchel has also expressed concerns over a potential deal for the Belgian defender. Barcelona has agreed on a deal to sign Jules Kounde for up to 55m. Chelsea is also in the running for a center-back with a strong attacking ability and a great eye for goal.
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