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.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 28, 2022