The Sevilla-born midfielder Jules Kounde is one of the best young midfielders in Europe. The 22-year-old has been a key part of the Spanish national team for the last two years, playing in last summers Confederations Cup and participating in the recent World Cup Qualifiers.

The Real Madrid club is reportedly preparing a bid for Sevilla’s French forward Jules Kounde, reports the Spanish press. The Portuguese club are looking to strengthen their attack and have lost out to rivals Chelsea in the race to sign a player other than Marco Asensio to replace Alvaro Morata. The 23-year-old is under contract with Sevilla until 2022.

Spanish club Sevilla have accepted Real Madrid’s offer to sign midfielder Jules Kounde from French side Nice for a reported fee of around £15m. The 20-year-old has been attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs since the end of last season, with Chelsea having also made an inquiry for Kounde in the past.

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Kounde is a Chelsea target for Real Madrid.

As a successor for Raphael Varane, Real Madrid are interested in either Chelsea target Jules Kounde or Villarreal defender Pau Torres.

According to Spanish publication AS, the two centre-backs are at the top of the Bernabeu’s wishlist.

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Last season, Kounde, 22, made an impression in LaLiga with Sevilla FC, attracting the interest of major teams. In July, ESPN reported that Chelsea and Sevilla were in negotiations to bring Kounde to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to sources. According to sources, the transaction may be valued about €70 million, which would be €10 million less than Kounde’s buyout clause.

According to ESPN sources, Chelsea is contemplating adding Kurt Zouma in the deal to reduce the transfer price, but the Premier League club has yet to assign a value to the Kounde.

Real Madrid are reportedly interested in Torres, who has played well for both Villarreal and Spain in recent months and is believed to have a €65 million release clause if he leaves his home club. Varane was linked with a transfer to Manchester United before they signed him. The centre-back played a key role for his team in their Europa League-winning season under Unai Emery.

Varane, 28, was allowed to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United owing to a decreasing contract and a wish to avoid losing him on a free transfer. However, the departure of club captain Sergio Ramos, who also departed this summer for Paris Saint-Germain, has left them short at the back.

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15.09 BST: On the topic of Jules Kounde, Sevilla’s sports director Roberto Monchi has spoken in on the position of the France international defender:

He informed the club’s official website, “As of today, there is no actual offer on the table, nor has there ever been.” “Obviously, there’s been a lot of buzz, and a lot of teams have inquired about him.”

14.31 BST: Chelsea supporters have been anticipating the signing of Romelu Lukaku, but this is not the time.

Federico Pastorello, the Inter Milan striker’s agent, shared a photo of the two of them after renewing their contract for another two years.

It’s possible that the next time we see Lukaku in front of a contract, it’ll be at Stamford Bridge…

13.51 BST: With Lionel Messi signing for PSG, all eyes have been on the French club, but what does his departure mean for Barcelona?



Julien Laurens investigates Barcelona’s financial problems ahead of their LaLiga debut versus Real Sociedad.

According to Cristiano Ronaldo’s colleague Leonardo Bonucci, Lionel Messi’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain has no effect on whether the Portugal striker will remain at Juventus.

After approaching the last year of his contract, Ronaldo has been linked with a transfer away from Juventus throughout the summer, with PSG reportedly being one of the teams interested.

However, a transfer to France for Ronaldo now seems unlikely, since Messi signed a two-year contract with the French club on Tuesday, with a third-year option.

“I believe Cristiano would have remained even if Messi had not gone to PSG,” Bonucci said on Tuesday to Gazzetta dello Sport. “He is an additional asset for us, and I am certain that this year, more than in previous years, he will assist us in achieving all of our goals.”

12.36 BST: According to Estadio Deportivo, Sevilla are close to signing River Plate right-back Gonzalo Montiel.

The LaLiga club will spend about €10 million for the Argentina international, who is set to sign a deal with Sevilla until June 2026.

Montiel, 24, played in four of Argentina’s seven games in the Copa America last month, totaling 138 appearances since his debut with River in 2016.

With first-choice right-back Jesus Navas turning 36 in November, Sevilla are seeking to improve their right-back position.

Montiel is poised to become Sevilla’s third summer signing, after the arrivals of winger Erik Lamela and goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic. Montiel has a Spanish passport, therefore he will not take up a non-European place in the team.

According to Yahoo! Sports in Brazil, Diego Costa is in negotiations to join Brazilian team Atletico Mineiro.

Despite holding discussions with Benfica, Besiktas, and Palmeiras, the former Chelsea striker has been without a club since his contract with Atletico Madrid expired in December 2020.

Costa, 32, is said to have lowered his salary expectations to make talks with Atletico Mineiro easier.

The former Spain international, who has more than 200 goals to his name, is eager to contribute to the Copa Libertadores.

11.03 BST: Lionel Messi has given his first press conference as a Paris Saint-Germain player, in which he said that his goal is to win the Champions League again following a “very difficult” conclusion to his Barcelona career.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi also used the occasion to greet Messi’s new teammate, Kylian Mbappe, who has been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid for some time.

He said, “I believe we have the most competitive squad.” “At this point, Kylian has no option but to remain in Paris.”



Lionel Messi says he’s excited to join PSG’s “greatest” players and can’t wait to get started on the field.

10.38 BST: Javi Calleja, the coach of Deportivo Alaves, is optimistic that Spanish striker Joselu will stay at the club.

Joselu, whose Alaves contract expires next summer, has been offered a summer transfer to Sevilla. Joselu has attracted interest from other LaLiga teams after a good season in which he scored 11 goals and assisted on three more in 37 league appearances.

“Several teams have tempted Joselu, including Sevilla, but he is focused on having a successful season with Alaves,” Calleja told Onda Cero. “I’m not sure what his plans are for the future, but I hope he stays with us. I’ve talked with him, and I can attest to his dedication and professionalism. I’m relying on him since he has a contract with us. He is an important player for us, and his presence helps the squad.”

According to AS, AC Milan striker Samu Castillejo is poised to join Getafe to bolster the LaLiga side’s assault.

Getafe has been monitoring Castillejo’s position for the last month and has begun negotiations with both the player and Milan to get him back to La Liga.

The 26-year-old joined the Rossoneri from Villarreal in the summer of 2018 for a rumoured €21 million transfer fee. Castillejo, who is under contract with Milan until June 2023, was a regular starter in his first two seasons at the San Siro, but has fallen down the pecking order and is looking to depart in search of consistent playing time.

09.41 BST: Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he understood striker Tammy Abraham’s dissatisfaction with his lack of playing time last season and accepted part of the blame, as speculation over the England international’s future at the Premier League club intensifies.

Abraham has been linked with a transfer to AS Roma in Serie A, which is coached by Jose Mourinho, a former Chelsea manager. The 23-year-old finished last season as Chelsea’s joint top scorer with 12 goals in all competitions, but since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager in January, he has been marginalized at the London side.

Chelsea are close to acquiring Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, according to ESPN sources, which would further limit Abraham’s options.

Tuchel stated before Wednesday’s Super Cup match against Villarreal, “I will not comment on the actual circumstances — how far this is and whether it is true or not true.” “Tammy is currently a member of the squad. He was obviously dissatisfied with the previous six months, and he may have cause to be dissatisfied now. Perhaps it was partly my fault for not pushing him and not trusting him on the same level as I did other players.

“I completely understand his need for more time. So the choice would be ‘how do we plan, what are Tammy’s plans, does he want to move clubs to have a chance to be a regular starter or does he want to battle his way back into the squad from where he finished last season?’”

09.00 BST: If you’ve just returned after a few days in the woods with no contact to the outside world, the major transfer news from last night couldn’t have been more significant: After Argentina captain Lionel Messi’s contract at Barcelona ended earlier this summer, Paris Saint-Germain announced his signing.

Messi has agreed to a two-year deal with the Ligue 1 club, with the possibility of a one-year extension. Messi is anticipated to earn between €30-35 million ($35-41 million) each year, according to ESPN’s Julien Laurens.

PSG will host a press conference to officially unveil Messi on Wednesday at 11 a.m. CEST (5 a.m. ET). On Tuesday, he arrived in Paris by private aircraft, underwent his medical examination, and paid a visit to the Parc des Princes stadium.

Messi will wear No. 30 at PSG, the same number he wore at Barcelona. Messi had been gifted the No. 10 by Neymar, who had just reconciled with his former Barcelona colleague. PSG requested permission because Alexandre Letellier wore No. 30, which is designated for goalkeepers according to league regulations.


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GOSSIP ON PAPER (by Luke Thrower)

– Arsenal are attempting to snare Takehiro Tomiyasu, a Bologna defender, from Tottenham Hotspur this summer. According to Tuttosport, the Gunners are looking to bolster their defensive ranks after the acquisition of Ben White from Brighton earlier this transfer window. Tomiyasu is said to be worth more than €20 million, which may include incentives for the 22-year-old.

– According to Calciomercato, Leicester City and Sevilla are poised to compete for the signing of former Liverpool loanee Ozan Kabak. The 21-year-old is back with Schalke 04, but the club is looking to sell him after being demoted to the 2. Bundesliga. He spent last season on loan with Liverpool, but the club did not activate the option to sign him permanently, allowing other teams to recruit him.

– According to the Sun, Everton are interested in signing Antwerp right-back Aurelio Buta. Rafa Benitez, the new manager of the Toffees, is reported to be pleased with the 24-year-old, who has a year remaining on his contract. The Belgian club is reportedly demanding £3 million for the youngster, despite Celtic having previously made a £1 million bid for him this month.

– Manchester United are not interested in selling attacker Anthony Martial this summer, despite Internazionale’s interest. According to the Daily Mail, the Nezazzuri see the 25-year-old as a possible replacement for the departing Romelu Lukaku, and are planning a £50 million bid that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to turn down despite the forward’s recent struggles.

– Calciomercato claims that numerous Premier League teams, as well as Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, are interested in signing Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba on a free transfer. The 18-year-old is highly regarded at the Nou Camp, but talks for a new contract have stagnated, and his current term expires in 2022. The teenager has been relegated to the youth team as a result of the breakdown in negotiations, although it is thought that he is prepared to wait until next year to depart on a free.

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