Jules Kounde asks to leave Barcelona as he wants to play centre-back but club will not let him leave for less than £70m
- Kounde has played primarily at right-back
- Wants to play in preferred position
- Chelsea linked once again
WHAT HAPPENED? Kounde has asked to leave Camp Nou, per Sport, as he wants to play at centre-back instead of right-back, where manager Xavi has primarily deployed him. In La Liga, Kounde has played on the right 18 times and as a centre-back on nine occasions. That has led to him requesting a transfer, as he would rather play in the middle of the backline.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Barcelona bought Kounde from Sevilla last summer for an initial fee of €50 million (£42m/$50m), plus up to €10m (£8.3m/$10.2m) in add-ons. He has gone on to make 38 appearances for Barca, and the club believe he remains a key player.
AND WHAT'S MORE: Chelsea courted Kounde for months before he moved to Barcelona, and saw a bid rejected in the summer of 2022. Sport claims that they could reignite their interest this summer as they look to reshape their squad for incoming manager Mauricio Pochettino.
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WHAT NEXT FOR BARCELONA? Barca have already won La Liga but face three more games, against Valladolid, Mallorca, and Celta Vigo. They can accrue a maximum of 94 points.