After the player has withstood pressure from Chelsea, who has already been deactivated, the Barca club hopes to reach an agreement with Sevilla for the transfer of the French central defender
The Barcelona entity contemplates that the defender can join directly in New York this Wednesday, the last stop of the Barça expedition on its tour of the USA.
The future of Jules Kounde will be resolved in the next few hours. In fact, Barca hopes to be able to close its transfer between this same Tuesday. After deactivating the option of Chelsea, thanks to the fact that the French central defender has remained firm in his word of only wanting to play at the Camp Nou, the Barca club activated the negotiations with Sevilla this Monday afternoon – the morning in Dallas – so that Kounde can become the sixth reinforcement of the 2022-23 squad, after the additions of Kessie, Christensen, Raphinha, Dembele, and Lewandowski.
With the entire staff of Barca in the United States (president Laporta, sports vice president Rafa Yuste and the sports leadership made up of the director of football, Mateu Alemany, and the technical secretary, Jordi Cruyff), and taking into account the time difference – in Dallas it is seven hours less-, Barca did not fully activate until yesterday afternoon.
Would be incorporated directly into the United States
Waiting for Sevilla to give the OK to the transfer – Barça offered 40 + 5 and Sevilla asked for 50 + 5 according to TV3 -, the plans of the Barcelona expedition in the United States contemplate having the center-back, at the request of Xavi, in New York, where the team will stay between Wednesday and Saturday and where they will play against the New York Red Bulls.
Currently, Kounde is in Lagos (Portugal), where he is concentrated with Sevilla, who on Monday played a tournament against Sporting Lisbon and won after winning the penalty shootout.
Once Kounde, the number one central defender on Xavi‘s list for the central position, is closed, the chapter on the full-backs remains to be closed, one of the demarcations that on this tour is establishing that the Barcelona team is more limited.