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Jules Kounde ‘wants to leave Sevilla and has his heart set on a move to LaLiga rivals Barcelona’

Jules Kounde ‘wants to leave Sevilla this summer and has his sights set on a move to LaLiga rival Barcelona’, a blow to Chelsea’s longtime admirers as they look for defensive reinforcements

  • Sevilla defender Jules Koude reportedly prioritizes move to Barcelona
  • Xavi’s side can secure the French centre-back for £55million
  • Koude has been in Chelsea’s interest for at least a year
  • Thomas Tuchel had identified the player as a solution to his defensive problems

Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde is determined to leave the club this summer and is determined to join LaLiga rival Barcelona.

The French international has been in the spotlight of Premier League club Chelsea for some time, and it is believed Barca may now try to hijack the deal.

And according to Mundo Deportivo,,It is the intention of the player to play in Camp Nou next season.

Jules Kounde joined current club Sevilla from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux for £22.5million in 2019

Jules Kounde joined current club Sevilla from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux for £22.5million in 2019

But it won’t be easy if Koundé gets his dream move this summer, and he may need to turn his sights elsewhere amid Barca’s ongoing financial troubles.

The Catalan giants are waiting to complete a 10 percent sale of their television rights before June 30 so they can make big strides in the transfer market, and the move for Kounde is financially unfeasible until this happens.

It is said that Barcelona have ‘basically struck a deal’ with their LaLiga rivals, which would see them pay £51million and send a player in the opposite direction.

The 23-year-old has represented France 11 times since his debut in June 2021

The 23-year-old has represented France 11 times since his debut in June 2021

Barcelona are looking to get US international Sergino Dest involved in the move, who has been linked to a host of clubs across Europe this summer.

Sevilla are said to be tempted to make the switch after turning down offers for the young France international for the past two seasons.

However, they would expect a large sum for one of Europe’s most sought-after young defenders.

The France international is reportedly impressed with manager Xavi's treatment of Gerard Pique

The France international is reportedly impressed with manager Xavi’s treatment of Gerard Pique

And the £55m fee reported by Mundo Deportivo may be beyond Barca’s means but could pave the way for Thomas Tuchel to achieve his goal.

Kounde is keen to play under Xavi because of the Barca’s and Spanish legend’s ‘desire’ to sign the 23-year-old and has been impressed by the manager’s dedication after telling Gerard Pique he had no future with the club.

Barcelona has also been strongly linked with Robert Lewandowski, with Dest previously touted as someone who could go to the Bundesliga giants.



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