Jules Kounde's transfer to Barcelona appears to be moving closer to completion after his name appeared on their club shop website.
The centre-back was listed as an option for shirt printing for the La Liga's side new home kit. Fans spotted the apparent leak before it was swiftly removed from the site.
Barca have pulled ahead in the race to sign Kounde, who has been a target for Chelsea since last summer. Having been unable to convince Sevilla to part ways with their France international 12 months ago, it looks like the Blues are set to miss out for good.
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Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano explained the latest on his Que Golazo podcast on Monday (July 25). He said: "What I can also confirm is that Chelsea are not happy with the situation.
"They are getting tired waiting because they have been waiting since last Wednesday or Tuesday to receive a green light from Kounde and Sevilla on £55million bid and a five-year deal offered to Jules Kounde.
"And still, no green light for Kounde, so if Chelsea do not get green light today or tomorrow, they will be prepared to leave the deal and focus on other centre-backs.
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"They are already exploring some potential alternatives, so they are not in advanced talks with any other players yet as they are still focussed on Kounde and they are getting tired.
"This Kounde saga is moving towards its end, so soon we will know for certain where he plays and Barcelona are now leading the race."
Kounde would be the second player Chelsea have lost out on to Barcelona after Raphinha opted for the Catalan giants earlier in the window. The Metro report that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy will now block any approaches for targets Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso from the Camp Nou as a result.
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