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Xavi Hernandez’s Role Behind Chelsea’s Resignation From Hunt for Jules Kounde

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Xavi Hernandez’s Role Behind Chelsea’s Resignation From Hunt for Jules Kounde

Suara.com – Negotiations between Barcelona with Seville about transfer Jules Kunde more intense following the retreat Chelsea from the competition for the French centre-back.

Reported by Football Espana, Tuesday (26/7/2022), which quoted Fabrizio Romano’s Twitter, Barcelona’s offer was smaller than Chelsea’s.

Sevilla centre-back Jules Kunde. (JORGE GUERRERO / AFP)

Barcelona made a bid of 50 million euros plus other costs of 10 million euros. While Chelsea previously offered 55 million euros, excluding other fees and bonuses.

But Sevilla could not do much. Because Kunde has stated that he does not want to play in the Premier League. The 23-year-old opted for Barcelona where he had agreed personal terms.

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Role Xavi Hernandez

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez turned out to play an important role which ultimately made Chelsea withdraw from competition.

As reported last week, Chelsea are just one step away from getting Kunde from Sevilla. But everything turned around after Xavi called Kounde directly.

Xavi convinced Kunde to join Barcelona and asked him to buy time. Chelsea, who had reached an agreement with Sevilla, was furious and chose to withdraw from the competition.

Now, Barcelona is the ‘single hunter’ in the hunt, and Kunde is almost certain to be close to Camp Nou in the near future.

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Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez watches his team compete in La Liga against Real Betis at Camp Nou on December 4, 2021. [AFP]
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez watches his team compete in La Liga against Real Betis at Camp Nou on December 4, 2021. [AFP]

Kunde was bought by Sevilla from Bordeaux in the summer of 2019 and has since become one of the best centre-backs in Spain and Europe.

Noted, Kunde has appeared in 133 matches with Sevilla and has recorded 11 caps for the French national team.

“We are working to improve the squad, the board is working on it,” Xavi said when asked about Barcelona’s pursuit of Kounde.

“If we have to announce something, we will.”

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