BARCELONA are the new odds on favourites to sign long-time Chelsea target Jules Kounde this summer.
The Spanish giants have had their odds slashed to 1/4 with Betfair, with Chelsea now up to 5/1, having been 1/5 earlier in the summer.
The France international helped Sevilla win the Europa League title in his first year with the club after signing from Bordeaux in the summer of 2019 for £23m.
Kounde played every minute of the knockout phase, including in wins against Wolves and Manchester United.
He also played 90 minutes in both the semi-final and final of France’s victorious run to the Nations League title back in October last year.
Barcelona are the new favourites to defender though, appearing to have pipped Chelsea to the post at last minute.
The Catalan side appear to be in the market for a new centre-back to partner Ronald Araujo as they hope to challenge for the La Liga title again.
Jules Kounde next club odds
- Barcelona – 1/4
- Chelsea – 5/1
- Newcastle – 10/1
Chelsea had been favourites to sign the 23-year-old, but it looks as though Barcelona might have beaten them to signing the centre-back.
The centre-back department is slightly light at Stamford Bridge after the exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer and Sevilla’s Frenchman Jules Kounde had long been thought of as the replacement of choice.
Betfair are offering odds of 5/1 at the moment for the Blues to sign the 23-year-old this summer.
Newcastle, the Premier League’s newest financial heavyweight, are also in the running for the highly rated young centre-back.
Eddie Howe’s side want to be challenging for trophies sooner rather than later, and the signing of someone of Kounde’s magnitude would be a real statement of intent for the Magpies.
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