Jules Kounde to follow in Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski’s footsteps as he ‘agrees £51million move to Barcelona’ in yet another transfer blow to Chelsea

    Chelsea have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Jules Kounde with the Sevilla defender set to join Barcelona instead.

    The Blues agreed a £55million deal for the 23-year-old, who they almost signed last summer.

    Kounde looked set to join Chelsea but now appears to have changed his mind and picked Barca

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    Kounde looked set to join Chelsea but now appears to have changed his mind and picked Barca

    However, their move for Kounde alerted Barca into reigniting their interest in the player.

    And Spanish publication Sport, as quoted by The Sun, reports that the cash-strapped Catalans have agreed a deal worth £51m for Kounde, which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2026.

    This is yet another blow for Chelsea in the transfer window with the west London club also missing out on Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski to Barca.

    Meanwhile, Andreas Christensen ran down his contract at Stamford Bridge to join the LaLiga giants.

    It’s also been reported that Blues club captain Cesar Azpilicueta could follow in Christensen’s footsteps and leave Chelsea for Barca.

    These setbacks off the pitch, plus a 4-0 thumping against Arsenal, caused Thomas Tuchel to admit that he’s ‘worried’ about the situation.

    Tuchel look set to go back to square one with less than two weeks until the season starts

    Tuchel look set to go back to square one with less than two weeks until the season starts

    Speaking on The Sunday Session, talkSPORT regular Darren Lewis said: “The interesting thing is that Todd Boehly has been beaten to the punch by Barcelona for Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, he’s not managed to get Nathan Ake out of Manchester City and now it looks to be the case that he’s being beaten again by Barcelona for Jules Kounde.

    “At the very least he’s struggling to get these signings over the line.

    “If you look at Arsenal, they’ve done five transfers now, Liverpool have done their business, City have done their business, you look at Tottenham and they’ve done their business.

    “If you at Chelsea, they’re lagging behind and this idea that you can take over a club and you do the business, it’s proving to be a lot more difficult than Todd Boehly and the people around him must have thought.

    “On the basis of last night’s defeat to Arsenal, a lot of us in the press box couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Chelsea looked so poor. They looked so unable to cope with a side who, as Tuchel said after the match, finished below them in the table and won’t play in the Champions League this season.

    Tuchel is cutting a frustrated figure at the moment

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    Tuchel is cutting a frustrated figure at the moment

    “Arsenal looked coached, ready and their signings looked integrated. Oleksandr Zinchenko went straight into the side, Jesus looks like the striker they’ve been crying out for, and they just looked at it.

    “Chelsea can’t get players in, they can’t move players out and as Tuchel said, Chelsea have got players who are desperate to leave.

    “He didn’t name those players but I can tell you they are Hakim Ziyech who wants to go to AC Milan, Marcos Alonso wants to go to Barcelona, Cesar Azpilicueta wants to go to Barcelona, Timo Werner wants to go to get regular first-team football and Christian Pulisic wants to go and get first-team football.

    “At the moment, Chelsea are a bit of a mess.”

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