Kounde to Chelsea back on? Barcelona shocked by defender's transfer decision

Kounde to Chelsea back on? Barcelona shocked by defender's transfer decision

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 06:59 - 25.05.2023

Barcelona defender Jules Kounde is reportedly dissatisfied with life at the club and is considering an exit in the summer.

Jules Kounde has been one of Xavi's most-trusted players as the Blaugrana powered to LaLiga triumph this season. 

His defensive solidity down the right side, often interchanging with the equally exceptional Ronald Araujo, helped Barcelona keep the most clean sheets in Europe's top 5 leagues.

Barcelona defenders Jules Kounde and Ronald Araujo

Kounde seeking Barcelona exit

However, reports from Spain on Tuesday, specifically Spanish outlet Marca,  revealed that Kounde has grown increasingly frustrated with being used at right-back under Xavi, with his preference being a spot alongside Araujo in the middle.

The report further states that Kounde will look to force an exit this summer as he seeks to play more consistently in the heart of defence. 

According to 90min, Barcelona are surprised with this development and are not impressed with Kounde. 

Sporting director Mateu Alemany was asked about Kounde's future on Tuesday evening, but insisted that the club will 'resolve internal situations internally'.

Opportunity for Chelsea?

This development could open the door for Chelsea to come back in for Kounde after chasing him throughout last summer. 

With Reece James suffering a series of injuries and Kalidou Koulibaly possibly on his way out, Kounde could be a solid addition to Mauricio Pochettino's Blues' revolution.

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