Chelsea have halted negotiations over two sales to Barcelona after accusations of interference in their recruitment, according to reports.
The Catalan giants have already signed reported Blues targets Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski this summer, while Andreas Christensen joined them on a free transfer this summer from Stamford Bridge.
And now it looks like Barcelona will soon catch up with Chelsea with reports claiming they are now ahead of the Premier League side in the race for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
Chelsea are designated a crisis club because the friendly against Udinese is more important than the Champions League final
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Barcelona are ‘now getting closer’ to signing Kounde after the personal terms were ‘fully agreed’ with the La Liga side who are ‘just working on it’. [a] final offer”.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are ‘tired of waiting’ and could soon move on to other defensive targets if they don’t get the ‘green light’ to sign Kounde.
And now a Spanish newspaper sport say Chelsea will ‘block negotiations for the transfer of Marcos Alonso’ and also won’t ‘continue talking’ to Barcelona about Cesar Azpilicueta.
The publication calls it “a reaction to Barca’s club offensive to resume hiring” Koundé with Chelsea “passing each other on several occasions” in the summer transfer market.
It is understood that ‘tension has increased’ between the two clubs as Chelsea ‘struggle to grab the services’ of Koundé and now the France international ‘wants to join’ Barcelona.
Kounde is said to be ‘doing everything possible’ to become a new Barcelona player with Xavi desperate to see the Sevilla centre-back join.
But Chelsea’s reaction to the news has been “angry” as the Premier League club view Barcelona as “interfering with their reinforcement planning”.
And now Chelsea are set to cause the Catalan giants their own ‘problem’ by closing the door on deals for Alonso and Azpilicueta.
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