FC Barcelona may say goodbye to Jules Koundé after just one season. The Frenchman, who transferred from Sevilla for €50 million in the summer, does not feel comfortable with his changed role at the Spotify Camp Nou and is said to have expressed his desire to leave, reports journalist Gerard Romero. The defender may leave for €80 million.
Romero is well-versed, as he was also the first to report news of Koundé's transfer last year. Koundé is a starter and won the national title with Barcelona, but still wants to leave. That has everything to do with the position in which he now plays. The 19-time French international played his entire career as a centre back, but Xavi has been drafting him as a right back for the last six months.
Koundé clearly does not like that and Barcelona's are alleged to be aware of his desire to leave and, moreover, Revelo journalist Toni Juanmartí reports that the 24-year-old has already indicated to Xavi that he wants to leave if he is not given another role. Barcelona would not be unwilling to let Koundé go.
Because of his young age and with him being a starter, Koundé represents considerable value. He is also a regular for the French national team, although Didier Deschamps remarkably also uses him as a right back. At the World Cup, Koundé featured in six of France's seven matches. Barcelona reportedly want 80 million euros for the defender, who is said to have peaked interest from Premier League clubs in particular.
The money would free up space for a "real" right back. Among others, Jeremie Frimpong, who is riding high as an attacking right back at Bayer Leverkusen this season, may attract interest. Other purchases would also be easier to sign up, and the return of Lionel Messi would come a step closer.
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