Barcelona want €75 million for 24-year-old amid Chelsea links

Barcelona will reportedly demand EUR75 million to part ways with 24-year-old French defender Jules Kounde, a target for Chelsea. According to a report by Spanish outlet SPORT, as relayed by Sport Witness, Barcelona will not let Jules Kounde leave for a cheap sum in the summer transfer window. The Catalan giants want EUR75 million to part ways with the 24-year-old defender. And the player is a target for Premier League giants Chelsea.

Jules Kounde has been one of the best performers for Barcelona since joining them from Sevilla last summer. But the Frenchman has not reprised his preferred role of a centre-back in the ongoing season. Instead, he has excelled as a makeshift right-back, with Xavi Hernandez not having a reliable option at his disposal.

The 24-year-old has been exceptional in an unfavoured role, so much so that he is in the Team of the Season in La Liga. But recent reports have claimed that the player is not content and wants to play as a centre-back next season. And such a situation has captured the attention of several high-profile clubs, including Chelsea.

Several other Premier League clubs have also shown interest in securing Kounde's services. But Chelsea might be the front-runner to land the Barcelona defender if he decides to leave the Catalan club. And the Blues' continued eagerness to sign the French international is understandable.