FC Barcelona have reached a pre-contract agreement with Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.
The France international is just one of two main transfer targets left for Barca head coach Xavi Hernandez after Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha were brought to Camp Nou last week and both were able to play the starring role in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Real Madrid in Las Vegas. .
On the morning of the pre-season friendly, reports from Gerard Romero claimed that Barca had managed to get Chelsea to sign Kounde, just like they did with Raphinha last week.
Much the same as in the Brazilian’s case, the West London giants put in a £55m ($66m) bid for Kounde, which Sevilla only accepted for the player hold on and wait for Barça to make their approach.
Romero says Sevilla accepted a separate proposal from Barca, which some sources have denied MARK.
More than SPORThowever, they allege on Sunday morning that FC Barcelona have already reached a four-year pre-contract deal with Koundé whose transfer they hope to finalize next week.
With the player already on board, therefore, only Barca are left to make a formal offer to La Liga rivals Sevilla.
Asked about Koundé on Saturday after the 1-0 win over Madrid where Raphinha scored a first-half screamer, Xavi showed no commitment but made it clear the Catalans were ‘trying to strengthen every position’.
Barça’s new assault on Koundé was inspired by the activation of its second ‘economic lever’ on Friday morning by selling an additional 15% of its television rights to American Sixth Street for the next 25 years in exchange for 400 million euros ( $408 million).
With Kounde finished, Barca could then focus on their last remaining target, Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva.
Although the Portuguese playmaker was previously valued at 100 million euros ($102 million), that sum has dropped to 80 million euros ($82 million) according to Romero who also added that the potential transfer depended on Frenkie de Jong going to Manchester United after City and Barca reached an agreement.
De Jong is unwilling to accept the idea, however, and Xavi seems keen on keeping the Dutchman who replaced the center during the pre-season tour of the United States.