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Monday’s transfer rumors – Barcelona turn the tables over Chelsea in Kounde saga

Jules Kounde, Sevilla
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Barcelona turn the tables over Chelsea in Kounde saga

The Catalan giants have leapfrogged Chelsea in the transfer race for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

Despite Chelsea tabling a higher offer of €65 million to Sevilla, Kounde is yet accept a move to London. He appears to have been swayed into joining Barcelona by Xavi Hernandez. The Blaugrana manager has promised him a key role if he joins the club this summer.

Barcelona may pay Sevilla €50 million upfront and a further €10 million in add-ons to sign Kounde on a four-year deal. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]

Arsenal confirm Paqueta interest

The Gunners have confirmed their interest in Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta.

The 24-year-old Brazilian has long been touted as a target for Mikel Arteta’s side following a stellar two campaigns in Ligue 1, where he has notched 17 goals and 11 assists in 64 appearances.

That said, Arsenal have made no kind of transfer approach for Paqueta so far. [Times – subscription required]

Real Madrid trio sign new contracts

Juventus make an offer for Firmino

The Bianconeri have tabled a €23 million offer for Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino.

The 30-year-old Brazilian is in the final year of his contract at Anfield. He has previously expressed no desire to leave this summer, but the competition for a spot in the Reds attack might change his mind. [Tuttomercato – in Italian]

Chelsea plot move for Man Utd target Dumfries

The Blues are eyeing a swoop for Manchester United transfer target Denzel Dumfries.

The two Premier League clubs would reportedly have to pay Inter Milan at least €40 million for the 26-year-old wing-back.

Read the full story here on Ace Football

Cesc Fabregas to join Serie B club Como

PSG hope to complete two transfers this week

Paris Saint-Germain aim to seal deals for RB Leipzig defender Nordi Mukiele and Lille midfielder Renato Sanches by the end of this week.

PSG are on the verge of agreeing to personal terms with Mukiele, although transfer talks for Sanches are going slower than planned despite entering an advanced stage. [L’Equipe – in French]