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Chelsea defensive target Jules Kounde to wait for Barcelona move


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Chelsea may be set to miss out on a long-term transfer target this summer as French international center-back Jules Koundé is reportedly hopeful of a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.

Reports in Spanish outlet Sport have stated that Koundé is set to resist interest from both Chelsea and Newcastle United this summer as he has his heart set on a move to Barça, despite the Magpies being fully prepared to pay whatever it takes to capture the Frenchman while the Blues – despite their interest – have currently turned to other squad priorities for the time being.

With Chelsea in the midst of trying to secure defensive replacements after losing both Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers away from Stamford Bridge, the Blues have long been hopeful of securing Koundé since last summer but a desire to remain in Spain now seems preferable, but Barcelona may struggle in their own right to get any potential deal over the line depending on other factors in the market.

There is still a chance that Barcelona could resign French winger Ousmane Dembélé, and if he does bite down and sign a contract extension at the Camp Nou, it is likely that Barça will entirely avoid a move for Leeds United star Raphinha and could then mobilize those funds for a move for Koundé.

Should Dembélé walk, however, then the club could continue to prioritize the signing of an attacking player, throwing any interest in Koundé out the window.

If a move to Barcelona is out of the question, Chelsea would surely jump in the lead ahead of Newcastle as both Premier League clubs would have a clearer path to a potential deal.

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