Jules Kounde considering Barcelona exit amid Chelsea interest
Jules Kounde is considering leaving Barcelona during the summer transfer window, with Chelsea showing interest.
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Jules Kounde, according to renowned Spanish journalist Toni Juanmarti, is not at ease playing as a right-back. As a result, he is considering leaving Barcelona during the summer transfer window. In addition, a different rumor claims that Chelsea is interested in the 24-year-old.
Jules Kounde joined Barcelona from Sevilla last summer and has been instrumental in their success this season. The French international has already spent three years in La Liga with Sevilla. And he wasted little time in breaking into the Barcelona first team, although as a right-back.
Due to the lack of a competent right-back in the Barcelona team, Xavi has used Kounde as a makeshift right-back. And the 24-year-old has one goal and six assists in 38 games for Barcelona thus far. However, the Frenchman is dissatisfied since he wants to play as a center-back. And if nothing changes, he might consider leaving this summer.
Kounde has already informed Xavi of his complaint, while also notifying Barcelona that any suitor’s offer should be considered. Adria Albets has also stated that the Blaugrana will not rule out a departure. And given Barcelona’s never-ending financial troubles, this is hardly surprising.
The Catalan giants are in debt and must balance the budget before signing new players this summer. So, if necessary, Kounde’s departure from Barcelona is a possibility. Meanwhile, according to SPORT, the 24-year-old is a target for Chelsea.
Chelsea attempted to sign Kounde last summer, but the deal fell through. With a probable exit on the horizon, the Blues are ready to revive their interest in the 24-year-old Barcelona defender. And, with Thiago Silva nearing the end of his career, Chelsea might use a long-term replacement.
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Kounde’s ability to play as a right-back should also be advantageous, given Reece James’ injury history this season. It’ll be intriguing to see whether Chelsea can persuade Barcelona to let go of the French international. For the time being, the 24-year-old is pondering leaving Spotify Camp Nou this year.
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