Chelsea suffer yet another HUGE transfer blow with Barcelona set to snatch Sevilla star Jules Kounde from them despite having £55m offer accepted – with defender’s shirt ALREADY available on LaLiga giants’ website
- Sevilla’s Jules Kounde is increasingly likely to join Barcelona and snub Chelsea
- The Blues had a £55million bid for the French centre-back accepted last week
- Kounde’s shirt name appeared as available for purchase on Barcelona’s website
- Barcelona have already snatched away Raphinha from Chelsea’s this summer
Barcelona are increasingly likely to snatch Sevilla defender and Chelsea target Jules Kounde, Sportsmail can confirm.
Chelsea had a £55m bid for the Frenchman accepted last week but Barcelona have managed to find sufficient funds to make a counter offer and Kounde is keen on a move to the Nou Camp.
The news comes as a bitter blow to Chelsea who lost out on Leeds winger Raphinha to the Catalan giants earlier this month.
Barcelona are increasingly likely to snatch Jules Kounde away from Chelsea with a late swoop
Boss Xavi looks to have won the race for the Frenchman having already lured away Raphinha
The French star’s shirt name was available for purchase temporarily on Barcelona’s website, hinting that the deal is on the brink of being finalised.
The Spanish club have swiftly deleted the name, eager not to stir any extra speculation ahead of his seemingly imminent signature.
Kounde made no secret of his desire to join Barcelona were the LaLiga giants were able to raise the funds to compete with Chelsea financially.
The 23-year-old centre-back made 32 appearances in the top flight last season as Sevilla finished fourth behind Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona have already managed to beat Chelsea in the race to sign ex-Leeds star Raphinha
Chelsea are expected to make life incredibly difficult for Barcelona in their pursuit of Blues veteran Cesar Azpilicueta, should Todd Boehly miss out on Kounde as he did Raphinha.
The ex-Leeds star hit the ground running under Xavi, scoring the winner for his new team in a 1-0 win against Real Madrid on Sunday.
He was also joined on the pitch alongside former Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski, who featured in his first El Clasico since arriving for £42.5m nine days ago.
Azpilicueta, despite wearing the captain’s armband at Stamford Bridge, is keen to seal a move to Barcelona, following in the footsteps of former team-mate Andreas Christensen, who arrived on a free transfer at the start of July.
Chelsea are likely to block Barcelona’s bid for Cesar Azpilicueta if Kounde joins the Catalans
Due to ongoing financial complications, the Nou Camp chiefs initially struggled to attack the market in pursuit of their summer targets, but have since freed up funds through TV rights sales.
They completed the second deal with Sixth Street to sell a further 15 percent of their TV rights last week, having previously agreed to offload just 10 percent.
With added cash in hand, Barcelona are exceedingly likely to hand Sevilla an agreeable offer very soon and provide Kounde with an opportunity to snub Chelsea.
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