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Standard Sport reported on Friday that the Blues appeared to have a clear run at the centre-back as they worked on a £55million deal Sevilla, with Barca appearing to admit defeat in their pursuit.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta was even recorded telling a fan on Thursday that Kounde was heading to Stamford Bridge.
However, reports in the Catalan press on Saturday morning claimed Barca were back in for Kounde and had even agreed a deal in principle with Sevilla for the player.
Jules Koundé, sharing contents on “achieving your dreams” and “dream without goals are just dreams” now on Instagram - while Barcelona and Chelsea are in a battle to sign him. 🚨🎥 #Kounde pic.twitter.com/RD5X4KPhSl
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 23, 2022
It is understood that the France international's first-choice destination between the two clubs is Camp Nou.
Kounde has also agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea, and will have no trouble reaching terms with Barca, so amid the madness, he has turned to Instagram.