Chelsea no longer interested in signing this Barcelona star

Contrary to some reports in the Spanish press, Chelsea have no interest in acquiring Barcelona defender Jules Kounde.

While the Blues were keen on signing Kounde in the summer of 2022, their efforts were in vain as Barcelona ultimately secured the signature of the French international.

Rumors had emerged about the Barcelona defender potentially moving this summer, with both Chelsea and Manchester United said to be ‘very interested’ in acquiring his services.

However, Ben Jacobs has told CaughtOffside: “Barcelona recently saw their annual spending limit cut by €66m to €204m, and their squad costs are currently around €400m.

“It’s difficult to predict who could be sold this summer until it’s clear who the new Barcelona manager is, even though Deco is already working towards the summer.

“Jules Kounde and Raphinha are clearly two sellable assets, but neither want to leave. It’s just a case of whether Barcelona’s hand is forced. Raphinha will certainly have some Saudi interest.

“Kounde is playing out of position at right back, and Barcelona have other centre-back options. 17-year-old Pau Cubarsi breaking through is potentially bad news for Kounde.

“Chelsea are not currently looking at Kounde, despite originally vying with Barcelona in summer 2022 to sign him. PSG are prioritising Lille’s Leny Yoro, but if they fail in that pursuit then they could consider Kounde as an option.”

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