Chelsea seal third summer transfer after ‘beating Barcelona’ to secure Jules Kounde deal

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Chelsea look set to beat Barcelona in the race to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, with Todd Boehly set to complete the third signing of his era as owner. One year after missing out on the highly-rated centre-back, the Blues are on the verge of adding him to Thomas Tuchel’s ranks ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Chelsea have agreed a deal worth around £55million with Sevilla, and there is a five-year contract on the table for the 23-year-old France international, The Times report. They have fended off competition from Barcelona due to the Catalan giants’ inability to meet their La Liga rivals’ asking price.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta publicly conceded defeat in the battle for Kounde’s signature earlier this week, telling a supporter in Las Vegas that he was Chelsea-bound. Boehly has now backed Tuchel with £139m in his first summer transfer window as owner, and more deals are expected to follow.

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