Report: Newcastle now trying to sign 23-year-old, who has been made Chelsea's top summer transfer target

Newcastle United and Barcelona are both reportedly keen on signing Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, who’s also a target for Chelsea this summer.

According to Mundo Deportivo, there’s a wave of interest in the 23-year-old Sevilla centre-back.

It is explained both Barcelona and Chelsea like the Frenchman. Newcastle are interested in Jules Kounde, too.

The report says Newcastle want to reignite interest in him after failing with a January move to sign him.

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Newcastle are interested in Jules Kounde

Cash-rich Newcastle are a club that will hope to move in an ambitious direction under their new ownership.

The Magpies have been superb in climbing up the table since manager Eddie Howe took charge, so should be a fairly attractive option for players.

They don’t have any European football to offer next season, though.

Mundo Deportivo’s report says it was a £59million bid they failed with in January to sign him, so it seems like they’re serious about trying to get him at St James’ Park to help with the project.

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Top transfer target Chelsea

Kounde’s a player that’s been linked with Chelsea repeatedly during the last few months. In fact, well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano reported in February that the Sevilla ace is a “top target” for the Blues ahead of the summer.

It’s been claimed he’s already decided to leave Spanish side Sevilla at the end of the season, so there’s real intrigue on where the talented youngster will end up.

For certain, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side could really do with a marquee addition at the back going into next season.

Kounde is a ball-playing centre-half with a growing reputation as a quality defender with all the attributes on paper to succeed in English football.

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