The rumor mill is buzzing as Spanish defender Jules Kounde has been linked with a move to Chelsea. Reports by Diario Sport have suggested that the 24-year-old would be open to leaving Barcelona should an agreement be reached between all parties involved.
Kounde joined Barcelona in July 2020 from Seville, where he was one of the team’s most consistent performers and earned himself a place in the starting eleven for the majority of matches since his first season with them. At Barcelona, however, Kounde has not had as much success and has been used mainly on the right back instead of his preferred position in central defense, due to manager Xavi Hernandez prioritizing him there. With Athletic Club’s Inigo Martinez set to arrive as a free agent at Barcelona this summer, Kounde is likely to be pushed further down the pecking order.
This lack of opportunities appears to have alerted Chelsea, and manager Thomas Tuchel is reportedly keen on signing Kounde. The London club already possess an impressive defensive unit with Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger all competing for spots in central defence but are looking for some fresh faces ahead of next season. After finishing fourth in the Premier League last term, they will also be taking part in next season’s Champions League which could be appealing enough for Kounde who is seeking regular first team football.
Chelsea appear willing to offer lucrative terms for the Frenchman’s services and meet Barcelona’s asking price too; something manager Ronald Koeman might find hard to ignore given that he is currently dealing with a financial crisis at Barcelona due to their mismanagement over recent years. There also remains an outside chance of Paulo Dybala being included as part of any potential deal too which could really sweeten things up for Koeman.
It will certainly be interesting to see how this one pans out but it looks like we could soon see this exciting young talent wearing a Chelsea jersey for 2023/24 season – should any transfer go through – as rumors continue to heat up surrounding Jules Kounde’s potential move away from Barcelona.