Chelsea’s pursuit of Jules Kounde is over, with Barcelona announcing they have reached an agreement in principle to sign the Sevilla defender.
The deal, believed to set Barca back £51m, will be done subject to Kounde passing his medical and signing the contract.
The Blues have agreed a £55m deal for the 23-year-old, who they have been tracking for a year.
However, their decision for Kounde alerted Barca to rekindle their interest in the player.
He will become the latest addition in a crazy window for Barca who, despite big financial problems, have agreed deals with former Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Franck Kessie.
Their ability to spend big but not paying the full wages of current players has raised questions over how the club is run, with Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong owed £17million.
Gary Neville, who has urged De Jong to consider legal action with Barca, has targeted a fresh dig at the club following Kounde’s announcement.
Does he know he won’t get his full salary if they want to get rid of him? Neville tweeted.
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It’s another blow for Chelsea in the transfer window, with the west London club also interested in Raphinha and Lewandowski before Barca call.
Meanwhile, Christensen has canceled his contract at Stamford Bridge to join the La Liga giants, while Antonio Rudiger has joined Real Madrid for free.
It has been reported that Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso could move to Camp Nou, however, these moves are expected to be blocked.
Chelsea have enjoyed some success in the transfer window, securing deals for Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly from Manchester City and Napoli respectively.
But former Blues player Tony Cascarino is worried about how things are going at his former club.
“So much uncertainty within this team. Take Timo Werner, who has made it clear that he would like to move on and play somewhere else as he wants more playing time ahead of the World Cup.
“It’s littered in the Chelsea squad, way too much.
“You also need to add starts at the top of the club. It doesn’t always affect what happens on the pitch, but from Bruce Buck to Marina to Petr Cech, there are too many changes at Chelsea.
“It’s getting a bit messy.”