As reported by Goal France, Barcelona have beaten Chelsea to the signing of Sevilla’s French international defender Jules Koundé.
After a summer of intrigue concerning the 23-year-old former Bordeaux centre-back or right-back, Barcelona have reached a final agreement to sign Koundé via a basic fee of €50m plus bonuses of between €5m and €10m. The player will sign a four-year contract until 2026 with the Catalan club having preferred to join the La Liga side over moving to London.
Bordeaux, meanwhile, will receive a major boost at a desperate time for the club financially as they will see a windfall of €8m from the move due to a sell-on clause inserted in their initial deal to sell the defender for €25m back in 2019.
In that time, the Frenchman has played 133 games in all competitions for Sevilla, scoring nine times and assisting three while forcing his way into Didier Deschamps’ France national team squad, accruing eight caps so far.