Revealed: Barcelona’s five Jules Kounde alternatives featuring Arsenal and Inter stars

Barcelona are seemingly losing the race for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, with Chelsea in the driving seat for the Frenchman’s signature this summer, 12 months on from when the same transfer fell through.

The Blues have tabled a 65m euro offer for the defender, while personal terms are not thought to be a problem and though Kounde is willing to wait for Barcelona, he is not as steadfast in his desire to join the Blaugrana as Raphinha was when he turned down Chelsea to make the Camp Nou switch.

Five man shortlist drawn up

Now, as per Spanish journalist Gerard Romero, Barcelona have prepared for this eventuality by drawing up a five-man list of alternatives to target this summer if they cannot land Kounde.

These include Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar and RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol, both of whom are two of the most coveted defenders around Europe this summer.

Revealed: Barcelona’s five Jules Kounde alternatives featuring Arsenal and Inter stars

BERGAMO, ITALY – NOVEMBER 11: Joao Miranda de Souza Filho (R) and Milan Skriniar of FC Internazionale look on during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and FC Internazionale at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on November 11, 2018 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Additionally, the club have also shortlisted Roma talent Roger Ibanez, who excelled in the Europa Conference League final, and Athletic Bilbao’s Inigo Martinez is also a target.

But perhaps most surprisingly is Arsenal defender William Saliba, who has only just returned to the club from a brilliant loan spell at Olympique Marseilles.

With two years left on his current deal, the Gunners would look for a significant profit on their £27m investment in 2019 if they were to sell at all, which could put Barcelona off any deal.

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# Team MP D P
1 AFC Bournemouth 0 0 0
2 Arsenal FC 0 0 0
3 Aston Villa 0 0 0
4 Brentford FC 0 0 0
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 0 0
6 Chelsea FC 0 0 0
7 Crystal Palace 0 0 0
8 Everton FC 0 0 0
9 Fulham FC 0 0 0
10 Leeds United 0 0 0
11 Leicester City 0 0 0
12 Liverpool FC 0 0 0
13 Manchester City 0 0 0
14 Manchester United 0 0 0
15 Newcastle United 0 0 0
16 Nottingham Forest 0 0 0
17 Southampton FC 0 0 0
18 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0
19 West Ham United 0 0 0
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 23
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 23
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 17
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 15
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Maddison, James Leicester City 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Richarlison Everton FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Raphinha Leeds United 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11

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