Barcelona are “convinced they will sign Sevilla defender Jules Koundé this summer” as they prepare to offer “two players” for the France centre-back amid Manchester City interest
- Barcelona grow in confidence over a move from Sevilla’s Jules Koundé
- The France defender has a number of admirers including Chelsea and Man City
- Xavi’s side are ready to offer two youngsters in exchange for the centre-back
- Chelsea were front runners before turning to Nathan Ake
Barcelona are convinced that they will seal the signing of Sevilla defender Jules Koundé in the near future.
However, XaviThe side are likely to reach an agreement with their league rivals as they are willing to offer two players for any deal made for the centre-back.
Sevilla’s Jules Koundé is edging towards a move to Spanish league rivals Barcelona
Corresponding SPORTSThe Catalan giants are preparing for an official bid for Koundé and are ready to include winger Abdessamad ‘Abde’ Ezzalzouli and midfielder Nico Gonzalez in the deal.
The two players have been deemed redundant following their recent spending spree at the Nou Camp – and could be used to lower the centre-back’s price tag.
Sevilla have offered a fee of between 60 and 65 million euros for the France international – a fee Barcelona are not willing to pay in money alone.
Memphis Depay was offered to the club earlier this week but his cost is too high for Sevilla and the player isn’t interested in a move to Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
Midfielder Nico Gonzalez, 20, made 27 appearances in LaLiga last season
Abdessamad ‘Abde’ Ezzalzouli could be involved in any deal that is struck for the Frenchman
Chelsea also had long-term ambitions to sign the Frenchman and had reached an agreement in principle last summer before disagreements over the fee erupted between the two clubs.
The Blues have been heavily linked with a move to central defence, particularly after losing to Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on free transfers to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.
Although Chelsea continue to keep their eye on the Sevilla ace Chelsea appear to be turning their attention elsewhere with Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt on the club’s radar, but it is Chelsea’s pursuit of Nathan Ake that could pave the way for City to start Kounde in the race.
Chelsea followed the France international – before turning attention to Nathan Ake