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Barcelona are edging nearer to announcing the signing of young French defender Jules Kounde from La Liga outfit Sevilla, in a move which will signal more disappointment for the summer transfer plans of Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea.
For the second time in a matter of weeks, Chelsea look set to lose out on a top target to the Catalan club after the Londoners were beaten to the signature of Brazilian winger Raphina - and history looks to have repeated itself once again, according to football insider Fabrizio Romano, who says that a bumper £46 million ($55 million) deal is close to completion.
This comes after Chelsea had looked to be in pole position to sign the 23-year-old French international defender as Blues boss Tuchel attempts to fill the void in the backline left by the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen - the latter of whom also joined Barcelona on a free transfer.
The impending transfer of Kounde comes after Chelsea had reportedly agreed a fee with Sevilla and found an accord with the player on his personal terms, but it seems as though the ball-playing center back had his head swayed by the interest from Xavi's Barca side who have replenished their ranks this summer in spite of being mired in serious financial trouble.
The signing is an unusual one, given Barcelona's financial plight. The Catalan giants have boosted their coffers by auctioning off future TV rights to fund their spending spree in recent weeks, but are thought to be heavily reliant on some significant outgoings before the transfer window slams shut.
Jules Koundé to Barcelona, here we go! Verbal agreement now in place with Sevilla after the long saga and further negotiations today, waiting to get it signed soon. ???????????? #FCBJules Koundé agreed personal terms with Barça last weekend, contract ready. Xavi, key factor again. pic.twitter.com/eX2jeVPheF— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 27, 2022
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