Chelsea and Barcelona target Jules Kounde decides preferred destination as interesting 'plan B' claims emerge: Reports


Sevilla defender Jules Kounde prefers a move to Barcelona over Chelsea this summer, according to French outlet Foot Mercato . Kounde has been a key player for Sevilla since joining them from French club Bordeaux for €25 million in 2019.

He has made 133 appearances for the La Liga outfit, helping them win the UEFA Europa League in the process. The 23-year-old's performances for Julen Lopetegui's side have seen him make his way onto the transfer wishlist of top clubs in Europe.

He is currently at the center of a tug-of-war between Barcelona and Chelsea. Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move for the France international in recent days. However, Chelsea's financial power has made them the favorites to sign the central defender.

The Blues have gone as far as striking a deal with Sevilla to sign Kounde ahead of the 2022-23 season. The two clubs have reportedly agreed to do business for a fee in excess of €55 million.

Xavi's side, though, do not intend to give up hope of signing the Frenchman, who they want to make the linchpin of their defense. They have a major advantage over Chelsea in the race for the Sevilla star.

While Thomas Tuchel's side have an agreement with Sevilla, Kounde has his heart set on a move to Camp Nou, as per Foot Mercato . The Blaugrana have thus instructed the player to reject all offers that come his way.

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