This is now the usual process for FC Barcelona. First, the formalization of the agreement in principle. Then the agreement, period. As for Jules Koundé. The French international defender will join the Blaugrana from Sevilla FC. His contract will run for five seasons. The signing of his lease and his presentation will take place next Monday. “Barça is a new step in my career, at all levels“, Koundé told the Catalan giant’s television channel on Friday.
Barça specifies in its press release that Jules Koundé will sign his contract on Monday at the Joan Gamper training center, and that the termination clause will amount to one billion euros.
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According to the Spanish press, Barça paid 50 million euros, with 10 million in bonuses, to recruit Koundé who seemed close to joining Chelsea at the start of the week. “I am very proud, but also very impatient because I arrive in a very big club“, enthused Koundé, who had been playing for Sevilla FC since 2019. The tricolor international also successfully passed his medical examination, when he had to have hamstring surgery, the day after the last gathering of the Blues on June 14th.
Motivated by Xavi
“The coach played a big role in my arrival here, we spoke to each other several times, I really liked his speech, the discussions were very fluid, we have the same view of football“, he continued about his new coach Xavi. “I hope to do my best and get as much playing time as possible so that I can play a major role at this club.“, he added.
Koundé, 23, joined Sevilla in 2019 from Bordeaux. With the Andalusian club, he won the Europa League in the 2019-2020 season. He has 11 selections with the Blues with whom he won the League of Nations.
Since the start of the transfer window, Barça has recruited Franck Kessié (AC Milan) and Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), who arrived free, and especially Raphinha (Leeds) and Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), recruited respectively for 70 and 50 million euros.
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