Jules Koundé’s position at Barcelona is becoming increasingly precarious as the Euros loom for France.
The winter transfer window is unlikely to bring about major upheaval at Barcelona, although some adjustments are possible at Xavi’s request after a difficult end to 2023. However, the big moves will be made in Catalonia next summer. The goal of the reigning Spanish champions is to improve their squad as well as their financial situation… while keeping their best players.
It will not be easy for Joan Laporta, who does not want to sell his best player Ronald Araujo, even though the sale of the Uruguayan international could fetch up to €100 million.
The rock of Barcelona’s defence is being courted by Bayern Munich, but the Catalan club does not want to sell their star player. As a result, according to reports in the Sport newspaper, several players considered to be less important could be sacrificed by Barcelona’s management in order to give the Catalan club’s finances a bit of breathing room. This includes Jules Koundé, who is a starter at right-back for Xavi but no longer enjoys unanimous support to the point that he could be ejected from Barcelona in the event of a good offer next summer. This applies to the former Bordeaux defender… but not only him.
Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso and Sergi Roberto will also not be retained as their contracts expire in June 2024. In other words, the summer transfer window will be a time of great upheaval for Barcelona and a key France international could pay the price in the form of Jules Koundé, for whom a departure is likely. If this were to be confirmed, there is no doubt that several Premier League clubs would come to inquire in order to get the versatile French defender back.