Joan Laporta’s bluff in the Jules Koundé case

Where will Jules Koundé play next season? If the latest speculation surrounding his future is to be believed, certainly not from the Sevilla side. An observation also shared by Julen Lopetegui, coach of the Rojiblancos: “Diego Carlos has left and it is possible that the other titular central defender (Koundé, editor’s note) could leave and they are two very important players and very difficult to replace”. Tracked by Tottenham but above all Chelsea – which is about to reach an agreement – and FC Barcelona – the player’s priority – the French international defender (11 caps) should therefore, barring a huge turnaround, leave Andalusia in the next few months. weeks.

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With this in mind, we also revealed to you that the Catalan leaders had asked the former player of the Girondins de Bordeaux to refuse all the offers arriving on the table from the Sevillian management, starting with that of Chelsea. A strategy confirming the interest of the Blaugranas despite the absence of a concrete written proposal and the impatience of the Sevilla side. Indeed, according to an internal source of the Andalusian club, Monchi, the sporting director, recently explained that if Barcelona did not make a firm and quick offer, he would do everything to send him to England.

Bluff or admission of impotence?

A denouement which seems to be confirmed if we are to believe the latest information from the COPE specifying that the Culés now excluded the signing of the native of Paris, finally present during the summer tour of his club, currently in Portugal for his preparation (he had initially been announced absent, note). On the sidelines of FC Barcelona’s summer camp in the United States, Joan Laporta, the president of the Blaugranas, also sent a terrible clue to the future of the 23-year-old defender. Approached by a supporter, the boss of the Barcelona formation thus assured that Jules Koundé would not put his bags down in Catalonia.

“No, Koundé no. He’s going to sign for Chelsea.”, notably launched the Spanish leader, present in Las Vegas alongside the players of Xavi. Words relayed by SPORT to be taken, despite everything, with tweezers. What were Joan Laporta’s intentions? In what tone did he send this statement, heavy with meaning and consequences? For Gérard Romero, a journalist very well informed about the news of the Catalan formation, there is no doubt: “people at the club told me that Laporta was just ironic”. The saga continues…

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