Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to confirm Chelsea have won the race for Jules Kounde in video captured by fan

    Barcelona president Joan Laporta has told a fan that Chelsea have won the race to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

    The two European giants have been locked in a bidding war for the France international this summer.

    Sevilla defender Kounde is set to sign for Chelsea


    Sevilla defender Kounde is set to sign for Chelsea

    Chelsea are close to agreeing a £55million deal, but there were suggestions Barca could hijack the deal after raising additional funds.

    However, when asked if the Catalan giants would sign the highly-rated centre-back by a fan in Las Vegas, Laporta revealed Chelsea had beaten them to his signature.

    “No, he is going to sign for Chelsea.” Laporta told the fan in a video captured by Revelo.

    Kounde has travelled to Sevilla’s training camp in Portugal as the Blues attempt to thrash out a deal.

    Barcelona did all they could to get a deal over the line, and had even reportedly offered players such as Memphis Depay to try and sweeten the deal.

    However, Sevilla wanted a full cash sale and opted to accept Chelsea’s bid for their star man.

    Tuchel’s side are keen on further strengthening their defence, having lost both Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen to Barcelona, respectively.

    The Stamford Bridge side have already brought in Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, and are keen on other defensive targets.

    Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe, who has worked under Tuchel previously, is another the club are interested in.

    Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig is now also being considered by Chelsea, after the Blues missed out on Matthijs de Ligt to Bayern Munich.

    Koulibaly has joined Chelsea from Napoli


    Koulibaly has joined Chelsea from Napoli

    Chelsea lost out on key target Raphinha who left Leeds United to join Barcelona, but it seems the Premier League giants have now got their own back with the capture of Kounde.

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