The odds continue to shift in Barcelona’s favor in their pursuit of Sevilla center-back Jules Koundé and the Catalans are “increasingly optimistic” they will be able to close a deal for the French defender, according to a report from the very well-informed Helena Conditions of Radio COPE.
Crece el optimismo.
Prepare a formal offer at Sevilla, +50ME aún NO presentada.
@jkeey4 prefer to hope for al Barça por un “criterio deportivo” that the convence más tras hablar con Xavi y Tuchel. A detail that contamos ya en @partidazocope @tjcope
— Helena Condis Edo (@HelenaCondis) July 23, 2022
According to Condis Barça will present a formal offer of over 50 million euros to Sevilla in the next few hours, and the crucial piece that gives Barça optimism about the potential of a deal is the player’s desire to go to Camp Nou.
After conversations with Barça manager Xavi Hernández and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, Koundé has decided to wait for the Blaugrana for “sporting reasons”. The 23-year-old has always preferred the Catalans over a move to England, and with Barça finally entering the race things seem to be moving rapidly towards a resolution.
Other sources like Javi Miguel of Diario AS and Gerard Romero are much more advanced in their reporting and seem to think Koundé is already a Barça player, and we could get an official announcement very soon.