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Report: Barcelona join chase for Arsenal-linked Joules Kounde

Arsenal could face an uphill battle to sign Jules Kounde this summer, with reports in Spain claiming Barcelona now want the French defender.

Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona have now made their interest in Kounde known, as the club look to add players to help Ronald Koeman.

The Catalan giants have already added the likes of Sergio Aguero to the ranks this summer. Gini Wijnaldum could also sign, while Gini Donnarumma is another name being mentioned.

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But it’s Barcelona’s interest in Kounded that could have repurcussions for Arsenal. The Athletic has claimed that the Gunners are keen on signing Kounde this summer. The Sevilla star could cost around £50m, and is though to want Champions League football.

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That, of course, means Arsenal could struggle to land Kounde anyway. But their record in the transfer market isn’t too bad. Last summer the Gunners landed both Gabriel and Thomas Partey. Both were courted by other clubs, but Mikel Arteta’s side won the race.

Further to Barca’s interest, Kounde is also wanted by a number of other clubs across Europe. As covered by TBR, the likes of Real Madrid are also said to be keen. Los Blancos, seemingly, in the hunt for a Sergio Ramos replacement.

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We could see this a lot over the summer with the Gunners. Players joining other clubs due to the fact Champions League football is not on the table.

Unfortunately, that’s just going to be the way the cookie crumbles for Arsenal at the moment.

Kounde is a fine player. It’s little surprise there is so much interest in him.

Arsenal, then, could well miss out. As soon as big names like Barca and Madrid enter the fold, it’s almost game over.

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