Spanish publication Relevo claims that Jules Kounde, a defender for Barcelona, is willing to leave the club despite just signing in the summer of 2022.
In the summer of 2022, the Blaugrana made eight signings, including Kounde. Camp Nou club paid €50 million upfront to get the defender from Sevilla. Since then, the French national has been an integral part of Barcelona’s squad, starting 38 games for the club in all competitions. As a result of his contributions, Xavi’s team has won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup.
The fact that Kounde has been forced to play out of position for most of the season has made his stay in Catalonia less than ideal. Although he often plays centre defence, the former Sevilla player has made 21 appearances at right back for the Blaugrana.
Kounde reportedly told Xavi last month that he does not want to play right back next season, according to a report from the Spanish sports newspaper Diario AS. The defender’s relationship with the manager has reportedly worsened due to the defender’s unhappiness with playing out of position.
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Recent reports indicate that Kounde is also considering quitting the La Liga champions for the same reason. That same source claims that the 24-year-old has requested that Barcelona listen to bids for him this summer.
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Kounde is apparently contemplating a transfer away from Camp Nou since he anticipates being used exclusively at right back in the next season. However, this is not always indicative of his eventual departure from the team.
Barcelona values the former Girondins Bordeaux defender at €80 million, according to Toni Juanmarti of Relevo. Since the Catalonian giants need to generate money to address their well-documented financial troubles, a sale cannot be ruled out.
During his tenure at Sevilla, teams in England showed interest in signing Kounde. Last summer, Chelsea expressed interest in purchasing him, but he allegedly declined because former Blues manager Thomas Tuchel wanted to use him as a right back.