Barcelona have announced that they have an ‘agreement in principle’ to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla.
The defender had long been expected to join Chelsea this summer, with talks rumbling on for months, but in the eleventh hour Barca have been able to steal in to sign the talented French international.
A club statement on the signing reads: “FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jules Olivier Kounde, awaiting the player passing a medical and the signing of contracts.”
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90min understand that the defender’s medical will take place at Camp Nou on Thursday. A payment plan has been agreed between the two clubs, with Barcelona paying €50m up front with €10m in performance based add-ons.
Having missed out on Kounde, Chelsea are now keen to sign Leicester City starlet Wesley Fofana. The club are ready to make a move Fofana this summer, who is back to full fitness having broken his leg last pre-season.