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Barcelona ready to step up bid to sign Jules Kounde ahead of Chelsea


Barcelona president Joan Laporta has indicated that Barcelona are ready to beat Chelsea in the race to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

Chelsea came close to signing the France international last summer before Sevilla raised their asking price to €80 million (£68.5m).

Kounda has remained on Chelsea’s radar but Thomas Tuchel’s side are now prioritising a move for Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus.

Barcelona are also interested in Kounde but have made a slow start to their summer transfer business due to their financial restrictions.

Laporta, however, has now suggested that Barcelona will step up their efforts next week with Leeds United winger Raphinha and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski also keen to make the move to Camp Nou.

When asked about a potential deal for Kounde, Laporta told COPE: ‘Talk to Mateu [Alemany, Barca’s director of football] about this. We have many in the pipeline.

‘We think we will activate the second lever next week.

‘When we have this there are a number of players who want to come and we are interested in them.’

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