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‘Bombazo’ at Barcelona: Xavi has already chosen the central defender he wants for next season

To the 2021-22 season of FC Barcelona He has a lot of fabric left to cut. The azulgranas still have to resolve their participation in the Europa League and get a ticket for the Champions League. In spite of it, the DT of the culés, Xavi Hernandez, already thinks about the next season as far as signings are concerned. According to the Catalan newspaper Sport, the Spanish coach considers the arrival of a top central defender essential for the project he has in mind. In that line, the one chosen by the one from Terrasa is nothing less than Jules Kounde from Seville.

Over the last few seasons, the 23-year-old French central defender has shown that he is one of the best players in his position, which is why Xavi has asked Barcelona’s top brass to make every effort to get him signed. in the next campaign.

“From the board there is an obsession to tie down Haaland, but the coach, Xavi Hernández, believes that it is mandatory to sign a top-level central defender to improve performance. And his great obsession is the Sevilla player Koundé because he believes that his profile is that of the defender of the future, with power, technique and versatility. He will insist for him”publishes the newspaper ‘Sport’ this Sunday.

Jules Koundé is in Xavi’s sights for Barcelona. (Photo: Getty)

The DT of Barcelona considers that the defense needs a true revolution for 2022-23. Gerard Hammered, Clément Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti could not continue in the team, reason why a reinforcement of level would be needed to cover all the exits. Of course, the arrival of the French would not be cheap at all.

Sevilla does not give its arm to twist and will only let its player go for 80 million euros, a figure that Barcelona cannot reach even in dreams at the moment. Thus, the president Joan Laporta would have to resort to an exchange of players with the Nervión team.

It should be remembered that Koundé has been a strong player at Chelsea in recent months. In fact, the ‘Blues’ offered some 55 million euros last July. The people from Seville managed to retain him, but the French defender ended up quite uncomfortable. Will history change by 2022-23?

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