Barcelona Transfer News: Barcelona, has allegedly begun talks with Jules Kounde, a 23-year-old French international, and Sevilla over a summer transfer
Barcelona Transfer News: As reported by the Spanish daily AS, Barcelona and Sevilla are in talks about a potential deal for Jules Kounde during the summer transfer window.
They are also in contact with the 23-year-old French international. Barca is considering making an offer to reduce his €90 million asking price to a more manageable level.
When Jules Kounde joined Sevilla from Bordeaux, he was a completely different player. In the previous three years, the Frenchman has established himself as one of the best defenders in La Liga. He has also earned a position in his country’s national team.
So far this season, the 23-year-old has appeared in 130 games for Sevilla. He has scored nine goals and provided three assists in the process.
What’s the matter?
However, Kounde’s time at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium might end during the summer transfer window. He is being pursued by some of Europe’s most prominent teams. This includes Barcelona.
The French international has been in negotiations with Barcelona for the last several months.
But communication between the two sides has lately ceased. The Catalan giants are in contact with Kounde once again. They believe he is the best long-term replacement for Gerard Pique in the squad.
In the latter years of his career, the experienced defender has exhibited symptoms of his age beginning to catch up with him.
Following reports that Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet, and Oscar Mingueza are no longer required at Camp Nou, Barcelona will be forced to make a significant investment in a top-tier center-back to compete with Ronald Araujo and Eric Garcia.
Will Kounde be a realistic option for Barcelona?
To do this, Alessio Romagnoli and Kalidou Koulibaly have surfaced as potential targets for Barcelona. Kounde is also a realistic option for the Blaugrana. Barcelona, according to AS, is interested in signing the French international. But the Catalan club’s €90 million asking price is a stumbling block for them.
According to the source, Barcelona might give a player to Sevilla to sweeten the deal and lower the €90 million price tag to €80 million. Kounde is ready to take on a new challenge.
With many Premier League teams interested in signing him, including Chelsea, the competition to recruit him is expected to heat up in the coming days and weeks.