Exclusive: Fabrizio Romano believes €65m Chelsea transfer target is underrated and would be asset for Blues

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Chelsea and Barcelona continue to battle it out for Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde in a potential €65million transfer deal this summer.

The France international is in talks with both clubs, with Fabrizio Romano comparing this saga to the battle between both clubs to sign Raphinha.

Writing in his exclusive CaughtOffside column on Substack, Romano said: “The battle looks like Raphinha’s, because both clubs are in the race. Barcelona had many contacts with the player but have not yet submitted an official offer to Sevilla, while Chelsea are preparing a new proposal and remain confident: Sevilla want €65m.

“Unlike Raphinha, who only wanted to join Barca, Kounde is in negotiations with both clubs and not just one.”

Romano went on to explain that he rates Kounde very highly, explaining that he feels the 23-year-old is a top defender with the potential to be a real asset for whoever wins the race for his signature.

Jules Kounde is a target for Chelsea and Barcelona

“I believe that he is an underrated player,” Romano wrote. “Kounde is a top centre-back and deserves a club like Barca or Chelsea, there are not many centre-backs on the market that are fast and strong defensively like he is. I’m convinced he’d be an asset for these clubs.”

Kounde certainly looks like he’d be crucial for Chelsea next season, with the west London giants in need of replacements for departing duo Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Kalidou Koulibaly has already joined from Napoli, but there’s surely room for another top defender in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

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  1. Chelsea should be quick and swift when trying to sign a player just like back in abrahimovich era, you don’t expect a player to join you when he has had a negotiation with another club already, our delays has cost us so many talented players like Raphinha, richarlinson, tchoumeni, Martinez, bissouma, Anthony, also our coach should change his old formation of 5 man defends it’s not helping us at all let the players play their roles and see their potentials, I believe we will be a force to reckon with if this can be sorted out.

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