Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Chelsea lost another potential defensive target after Barcelona signed Jules Kounde

Chelsea’s recruitment ambitions have been complicated in two ways by Barcelona’s acquisition of Sevilla center-back Jules Kounde, claims transfer expert Fabrizio Romano (via Football365).

Kounde, a 23-year-old Frenchman, turned down a lucrative offer from the Blues to join the Catalans.

Last month, Nathan Ake of Manchester City had been suggested as a replacement by Thomas Tuchel’s team. They went up to the Dutchman and struck up a personal deal, but the Citymen stopped them.

The 27-year-old was still available, but Manchester City required a replacement before they could release Ake. Kounde, who signed with Barcelona, was one of City’s objectives to replace the Dutchman. As a result, they are reluctant to permit Ake to travel this summer.

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