Sevilla director denies contact with Barcelona & confirms Chelsea interest

Sevilla director Monchi has denied talks have been held with Barcelona over centre-back Jules Kounde, but admitted Chelsea are among the sides chasing him.

The previous Chelsea regime had been working for over a year to try and sign Kounde, having come close to landing the Frenchman in 2021, and the expectancy was that he would be among the first signings of the new era at Stamford Bridge under Todd Boehly.

However, talks have slowed down in recent weeks, with Chelsea parting ways with most of their decision-makers, and Barcelona have now stepped in and are exploring ways to beat the Blues to Kounde’s signature.

Speaking to Onda Cero, Monchi played down talk of negotiations with Barcelona and instead flipped the attention back to Chelsea.

“Xavi has good taste, wanting [Ronald] Araujo and Kounde as his central defenders, they’d be a great partnership,” he said. “But so far, there has been zero contact with Barcelona.

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