The Spanish media today ran conflicting reports about Barcelona’s interest in Jules Kunde.
Gerard Romero dominated the headlines after claiming there was a successful deal between Barca and Sevilla. But his claims were later refuted by company sources, including Marca.
Other individual journalists have also released conflicting reports, but there is a strong belief that Koude recently turned down Chelsea’s offer and will wait for Barca’s proposal before making a final decision on his future.
This has been reported by Diario AS, who also suggest Kunde’s arrival could significantly change the outlook for Barcelona’s team planning for the new season.
The Catalans are currently looking for a new centre-back, who could be an ideal long-term replacement for Gerard Pique and a pair of full-backs on either side.
However, according to Diario AS, Barça could drop the idea of signing a right-back if they manage to secure Kunde’s services. The club is aware of the Frenchman’s versatility and believes his presence will be enough to cover the entire right wing.
Barca’s current options as right-back are Sergino Dest and Sergi Roberto. The two are ideally considered reliable options for the position, with Koude and Ronald Araujo serving as alternatives.
While Kounde is far from a fullback, his quality on the ball makes it easier for him to operate wide when needed. Araujo has also played at right-back in the past and should make an excellent fourth choice.
Meanwhile, Barcelona are expected to go after a left-back regardless of Kunde’s fate. The club is strongly in favor of signing a replacement for Jordi Alba, who is already in the final stages of his career and may not be around for much longer.
Marcos Alonso has been identified as the preferred option for Xavi, but should Chelsea block the transfer, the club could consider a move for Sergio Reguilon or Caio Henrique.