Written By Onyeka Daniel
Barcelona are having the best of this transfer market this summer as they’ve practically gotten each of their primary target despite their financial situation.
The club is debt, both short term and long term and they’re also in breach of La Liga rules with regards to squad wages, but that hasn’t stopped them from signing players in the transfer market.
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They had initially agreed to sign Andres Christensen and Franck Kessie on a free transfer and followed it up with Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski from Leeds and Bayern Munich respectively.
For the former, they were in contention with Chelsea for the Brazilian and despite submitting an inferior and late bid, they still beat the Blues to the signing, as the player is said to have favored a move to the Camp Nou.
According to transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, the same scenario may be playing out with Sevilla defender, Jules Kounde as Barcelona is reported to have submitted a bid if €50 million plus €10 million in add-ons.
Chelsea had already agreed a fee with Sevilla but are yet to get the green light from Kounde as it seems like the player would prefer a move to the Camp Nou too, shunning the advances of the English side.
Should it go through, it would be a big blow for the club after their 4-0 hammering in the hands of Arsenal few days ago during their pre-season training.
Chelsea on their part, are still on the lookout for a defender to add to their squad and after reportedly missing out yet on another transfer target. While they’ve been linked with a move for PSG defender, Presnel Kimpembe.
The Blues could directly challenge the French club for Inter Milan defender, Milan Skriniar. So far, PSG have refused to meet the €70 million price set by the Nerazzurri and it would be hard for the English club too, but they have two advantage of they should register an interest.
One, the two clubs (Chelsea and Inter Milan) have a very cordial relationship, owing to the deal that took Romelu Lukaku back to Italy on loan and also their desperation to sign a player (they reportedly submitted a €65 million bid for Kounde, just €5 million shy of €70 million).
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(Fabrizio Romano and Footballitalia)