August 8, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Jules Kounde is contracted with Seville till 2024
  • He’s a goal of each Chelsea and Barcelona
  • Barcelona lately signed Lewandowski and Raphinha

FC Barcelona have reportedly made Seville center-back Jules Kounde their new high precedence in the summertime window. 

After signing ahead Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich and Raphinha from Leeds United, Barcelona have shifted their focus to protection as they wish to strengthen the division forward of the 2022-23 marketing campaign, reported Marca.com.

Kounde, who’s contracted with Seville till 2024, can also be a goal of Chelsea. The membership had tried to safe the defender final summer time. After dropping Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger this summer time, Chelsea have already signed Napoli’s center-back Kalidou Koulibaly and the Blues are actually making an attempt to land Kounde, who is anticipated to value round $60 million. 

Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez has spoken with Kounde in a bid to persuade the French defender to maneuver to Camp Nou. Regardless of that, Chelsea are “very shut” to signing the 23-year-old defender, in accordance with Spanish journalist Manu Sainz, who has a reputable file within the European switch market. 

Meanwhile, Barcelona are also reportedly looking to add the Chelsea duo of Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta to their defense, having already signed Andreas Christensen.

Barcelona’s current center-backs are Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo and Sergino Dest. 

Speaking about the competition that will come into the team with the possible signing of Kounde, Araujo said, “Everybody is aware of what I can contribute, however I am joyful that individuals are coming to assist, that is crucial factor, to have a aggressive crew. The headache might be for the coach to decide on. Kounde is a superb participant, I would like one of the best gamers to be right here. We’re Barça and it’s important that we signal one of the best.”

Sergio Oliveira of Portugal battles for possession with Jules Kounde of France Picture: Getty Photographs | Alex Livesey – UEFA/UEFA

Araujo can also be trying ahead to teaming up with Lewandowski, who joined Barcelona at $50 million on a three-year contract. 

“I’m very joyful for the standard that Lewandowski has, it’s a pleasure, it’s super. Good gamers like Raphinha, Christensen, Kessié…. we have to have competitors. It’s all the time good in soccer as a result of it makes you get probably the most out of your self,” added Araujo.

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