Chelsea’s deal for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde was seemingly in the bag, but that may no longer be the case as Barcelona now seem intent on hijacking the deal.
Chelsea seemed close to signing Kounde with a new £55m bid, but transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has shared new update on the Jules Kounde transfer saga.
According to his report, Xavi has called the player and his camp may be ready to accept personal terms with Barcelona.
Romano tweeted: “Barcelona have received indications from Jules Koundé’s camp in the last hours: the player would be prepared to accept personal terms proposal.
“Xavi, also called him. Chelsea discussed personal terms with Koundé days ago, but still no green light from Sevilla/player.”
This would surely infuriate Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel who has admitted he’s unhappy with Barcelona and would no longer sell Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta to Barca.
“Cesar Azpilicueta to Barcelona? I’m not sure I want to give Azpi what he wants…” Chelsea’s coach Thomas Tuchel has said.
“We have a Spanish international player, a captain, but Barcelona does not see it on that level, so I’m not sure if I want to give Azpilicueta what he wants.
“Maybe I’m a little bit annoyed with Barcelona. But I do my best for Chelsea. I said that to Azpilicueta, he doesn’t like it… but he understands. It is tough for him because the other club [Barca] is permanently on him.”