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Chelsea among Premier League clubs keen on signing Barcelona defender



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It is well known that Barcelona need to sell a high-profile player this summer, and Jules Kounde might be the one they choose to let go. 

This season, Kounde has done a great job playing as a right-back and he has attracted attention from several Premier League clubs, with Chelsea being particularly interested in signing him, according to a report from Mundo Deportivo.

Barcelona believe that selling either Kounde or Ronald Araujo could bring in a good amount of money. However, they are very keen on keeping Araujo and have even started discussions to renew his contract. 

It is said that the Uruguayan is seen as one of the team’s most valuable players, and he has drawn interest from major European clubs like Bayern Munich and Manchester United. 

Despite this, Barcelona have no intention of letting him go, which leaves Kounde in a tricky situation.

Chelsea want Kounde

The report mentions that Kounde could be sacrificed to keep Araujo since the club’s sports management is not fully convinced about keeping him. 

The Frenchman, who is under contract until 2027, has several potential buyers, especially in the Premier League. It is said that Chelsea, who previously competed with Barcelona to sign him, still dream of bringing him to their team.

Barcelona could sacrifice Jules Kounde. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, it was reported that even though Kounde wants to stay at Barcelona, he is highly valued by clubs around the world. This is impressive considering he played out of position for most of the season. 

In Italy, media outlets have linked him with Inter Milan. In England, besides Chelsea, Newcastle United and Manchester United are also reportedly interested in him.

Barcelona can sacrifice Kounde

Kounde’s situation is a result of Barcelona’s financial need to sell a significant player and their decision to prioritise keeping Araujo. 

While he has proven his worth on the field, the club’s management sees selling him as a viable option to generate funds. Amidst this, Chelsea’s ongoing interest highlights Kounde’s high value and potential impact in the Premier League.

At present, Barcelona face a tough choice this summer. They need to raise money, and selling a key player like Kounde could be a solution. 

Although the French defender wants to stay, the club’s focus on renewing Araujo’s contract and the high interest from Premier League clubs, especially Chelsea, make Kounde a likely candidate for a high-profile sale.

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