What Jules Kounde Could Add To Barcelona Boss Xavi’s Side

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Fabrizio Romano, a well-known journalist, tweeted recently that Barcelona are interested in signing Jules Kounde from Sevilla. The Catalan giants are reportedly trying to sabotage Chelsea's pursuit of France star Jules Kounde this summer. As a stalwart on the defensive side of the ball, Kounde had another successful campaign in Seville. During the previous season, he appeared in 44 games for the Andalusian club, scoring three goals and providing one assist.

With an average of one tackle, one intercept, and three clearances per game in the La Liga season, the Sevilla centre-back performed well in his own half. Even when distributing the ball from the back, he did an excellent job, completing 88.9 percent of his passes in the highest division of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).

In his own half, Kounde may get the ball back for his team with well-timed tackles. He has a keen eye for danger and isn't afraid to step on the ball when necessary. Even from the back, the French defender is a master of his craft. While he is best known for his defensive prowess, he can also play as a right back if necessary. As a result, the gifted center defender should fit in well with Xavi's playing style at Barcelona.

For Barca, Kounde will bring a lot of quality to their backline. He and Ronald Araujo could form an excellent partnership. In Europe, the 23-year-old Sevilla star has a bright future ahead of him and might aid Barcelona in their quest for top honors once again in the future seasons. If Xavi can find a way to bring the French defender to the Nou Camp before the end of this summer's transfer window, he won't have any trouble adapting to life at the Nou Camp.

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