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Jules Kounde will follow in the footsteps of Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski as he ‘agrees to a £51m transfer to Barcelona’ in another Chelsea transfer move


Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Jules Kounde with the Sevilla defender set to join Barcelona instead.

The Blues have agreed a £55m deal for the 23-year-old, whom they almost signed last summer.

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Kounde looked set to join Chelsea but now appears to have changed his mind and opted for Barca

However, their decision for Kounde alerted Barca to rekindle their interest in the player.

And Spanish publication Sport, as quoted by The Sun, report that the cash-strapped Catalans have agreed a deal worth £51million for Kounde which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2026.

It’s another blow for Chelsea in the transfer window, with the west London club also missing Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski at Barca.

Meanwhile, Andreas Christensen has canceled his contract at Stamford Bridge to join the La Liga giants.

It has also been reported that Blues club captain Cesar Azpilicueta could follow in Christensen’s footsteps and leave Chelsea for Barca.

Those setbacks off the pitch, plus a 4-0 to Arsenal, led Thomas Tuchel to admit he was ‘worried’ about the situation.


Jules Kounde will follow in the footsteps of Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski as he ‘agrees to a £51m transfer to Barcelona’ in another Chelsea transfer move

Tuchel looks set to get back to square one with less than two weeks left until the start of the season

Speaking during the Sunday session, talkSPORT regular Darren Lewis said: “What’s interesting is that Todd Boehly was beaten to the punch by Barcelona for Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, he didn’t failed to get Nathan Ake out of Manchester City and now it seems to be the case that he is once again beaten by Barcelona for Jules Kounde.

“At the very least, he’s struggling to get those signings through.

“If you look at Arsenal, they’ve done five transfers now, Liverpool have done their thing, City have done their thing, you look at Tottenham and they have done their thing.

“If you’re at Chelsea, they’re lagging behind and this idea that you can take over a club and you do the business, it turns out to be a lot harder than Todd Boehly and the people around him must have thought.

“Based on last night’s loss to Arsenal, many of us in the press box couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Chelsea looked so poor. They seemed so unable to cope with a team which, as Tuchel said after the game, finished below them in the table and will not play in the Champions League this season.

Jules Kounde will follow in the footsteps of Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski as he ‘agrees to a £51m transfer to Barcelona’ in another Chelsea transfer move

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Tuchel puts on a frustrated figure right now

“Arsenal looked trained, ready and their signings seemed integrated. Oleksandr Zinchenko went straight to the side, Jesus looks like the striker they are calling for, and they just stared at him.

“Chelsea can’t bring players in, they can’t bring players out and as Tuchel said, Chelsea have players who are desperate to leave.

“He didn’t name these players but I can tell you it’s Hakim Ziyech who wants to go to AC Milan, Marcos Alonso wants to go to Barcelona, ​​Cesar Azpilicueta wants to go to Barcelona, ​​Timo Werner wants to go regular first -team football and Christian Pulisic wants to get first-team football.

“Chelsea are a bit of a mess at the moment.”



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