There is no question that Jules Kounde has been one of the names that has stood out the most throughout this transfer window. The French central defender has been one of the players who is in the highest demand this summer, and as a result, numerous teams, including Chelsea, Manchester City, and Barcelona, have expressed interest in signing him. On the other hand, by the time it was all said and done, the Catalan club and the London club had emerged as the most serious potential buyers of the player.
After the addition of players to the team’s attack and midfield, Xavi requested that the board of directors pursue Kounde as a top priority in order to fortify the club’s defensive unit. Xavi’s goal was to improve the team’s performance during the upcoming campaign. In the meantime, the manager of Chelsea, Tuchel, was considering making a move for the Frenchman. This was especially true after the exits of Christensen and Rudiger, which meant that the Blues’ primary objective was to get Koulibaly and Kounde.
Because Barcelona’s club was in a worse financial state than that of the English club when the bidding process began, Barca was at an initial disadvantage in the competition. However, despite the fact that Chelsea could provide better financial terms to the center-back and make a better proposal to Sevilla, the ‘Cules’ had something that the London club did not have, which was that Kounde had a strong desire to play for the Catalan club and would be willing to accept any offer that they made.
Despite all of this, according to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea came very close to signing the player for a while. However, right when the English club were closest to reaching an agreement with Sevilla, the Catalan giants came to an agreement in principle with him. This prevented Chelsea from signing the player. Gerard Romero, a journalist, was the one who broke the news, and Romero is also the one who apparently provided important news during the signing of Lewandowski. The city of Barcelona has now officially acknowledged the existence of this arrangement.
In the end, Jules Kounde decides to leave Sevilla to begin a new journey as a ‘Cule’ after playing for the club for three seasons, during which time he contributed nine goals and three assists for a total of 136 official matches.
Agreement in principle with Sevilla for the transfer of @jkeey4
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