Chelsea noticed their £55 million bid for Kounde recognized by Sevilla this 7 days and the France intercontinental has agreed a five-year deal.
However, Barcelona have also expressed an fascination in signing Kounde and studies on Thursday night claimed that the defender has made the decision to keep out for the Spanish club to negotiate with Sevilla.
Barcelona are yet to post an give to Sevilla as their transfer ideas have been hindered this summer time owing to their money circumstance.
Nevertheless, Laporta now seems to have accepted defeat in Barcelona’s makes an attempt to match Chelsea’s proposal.
In a dialogue with a Barcelona supporter which was captured by Relevo, Laporta was requested if the club are signing Kounde, to which he replied: ‘No, he is heading to indicator for Chelsea.’
Chelsea have by now missing out to Barcelona once this summer immediately after Raphinha stalled on a switch to Stamford Bridge and finished up generating the transfer to Camp Nou.
A £55m cost had been agreed in between Chelsea and Leeds United but Raphinha’s desire was always to sign up for Barcelona and the Brazil global waited numerous months just before the offer could be concluded.
Chelsea could have issues that Kounde is using a very similar tactic following he resolved to sign up for Sevilla’s squad for their pre-period preparations in Portugal on Thursday.
It was in the beginning documented that Kounde would miss the trip to Portugal in buy to finalise his shift absent from Sevilla.
Owning signed Kalidou Koulibaly in a €40m (£34m) offer from Napoli very last weekend, Thomas Tuchel is keen for Chelsea to recruit two more central defenders.
Chelsea keep on being in talks with Paris Saint-Germain around a deal for Presnel Kimpembe, although RB Leipzig’s 20-12 months-previous centre-back again Josko Gvardiol is also on their shortlist.
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