Barcelona has no offer on the table for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde as yet, but GOAL can confirm that talks are taking place that should result in the Liga giants pipping Premier League heavyweights Chelsea to France international. The Blues thought they had a deal in place at one stage, but they are now set to be left frustrated in pursuit of a top target.
La Liga giants have made it clear that they want to draft Kounde into their ranks, with the talented 23-year-old joining Sevilla at their pre-season training camp in Portugal as he waits on a formal bid from Catalunya to be tabled.
Will Barcelona sign Jules Kounde?
It is understood that an agreement is close for Kounde, with Chelsea set to be nudged down a recruitment queue despite suggestions that they were prepared to stump up €65 million (£55m/$66m) for the Frenchman.