Chelsea’s transfer for Jules Kounde may very well be hijacked by Barcelona, if stories in Spain are to be believed.
Chelsea have been targetting Kounde for effectively over a yr, although have been unable to come back to an settlement with Sevilla in both of the final two switch home windows.
Nonetheless, stories in current days have advised that Chelsea are edging nearer to lastly touchdown their man, with the membership having tabled a proposal value £55 million and having agreed private phrases with the participant on a five-year deal.
Then, on Saturday morning, Barcelona based mostly journalist Gerard Romero sensationally reported that the Catalan membership had ‘reached an settlement in precept’ with Sevilla, saying that the participant is 99% more likely to be part of the membership barring a ‘cataclysm’ – a daring declare certainly.
Whereas Romero is commonly a well-placed supply with reference to all issues Barcelona, his claims have since been refuted by others.
Fabrizio Romano has stated that Sevilla are denying any settlement with La Blaugrana, and says that their negotiations right now are ‘solely with Chelsea’.
He does nonetheless say that the Spanish aspect are ‘making ready’ a bid, although their supply won’t match that it’ll not match the ‘situations’ of the bid tabled by the Blues.
Extra factors on Koundé 🚨🇫🇷
▫️ Koundé has all the time been in talks with each Chelsea and Barça within the final 2 weeks;
▫️ Barcelona proposal gained’t match Chelsea situations, “too excessive” – completely different construction;
▫️ Chelsea despatched official bid 3 days in the past, nonetheless hoping for Sevilla inexperienced gentle.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 23, 2022
It looks like the state of affairs actually is progressing at tempo, with each side seemingly concerned in a tug of warfare for the 23-year-old, with Barcelona having already crushed Chelsea to the signing of Raphinha this summer season after the Blues had agreed a price and private phrases for the Brazilian.
Barcelona are additionally all for a transfer for Chelsea skipper, Cesar Azpilicueta, although their pursuit of the Spaniard has left Blues boss, Thomas Tuchel, pissed off.
“Perhaps a bit of bit [annoyed],” he stated throughout the membership’s pre-season tour of the USA, as per Sky Sports activities.
“It’s a tricky query as a result of I’m not positive if I need to give Azpi what he needs.
“In some unspecified time in the future it’s about what we wish. I simply made the comparability about how a lot we fought for Koulibaly, who’s a nationwide workforce participant and roughly the identical age.
“He’s a massively vital participant for Napoli however now we have a Spanish worldwide who’s the captain at Chelsea. I see him perhaps on the identical degree however Barcelona don’t see him on that degree. So I’m not positive if I need to give him what he needs as he is a big participant.
“We don’t assume a lot about different golf equipment. The main target is on us and what we’d like. I stated that to him and I say it to you that I perceive on a private and a profession degree. However I’m not solely on this function to present him what he needs. I’m a supervisor for Chelsea who needs to do what’s finest for Chelsea.
“He doesn’t prefer it however he understands. It’s powerful for him as a result of the opposite membership is completely on him. On September 1 when issues relax, then he can play on his highest degree.”
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