Barcelona is poised to make a proposal for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde on Monday after the player indicated that he would accept their terms.
Chelsea has a £55 million deal with Sevilla in place but is waiting for confirmation and is skeptical that Barcelona will match it. Bordeaux is also due for a 20% sell-on.
However, Barcelona coach Xavi has spoken to Kounde and they have growing confidence they can steal a player from beneath Chelsea’s noses for a second time following their deal for Raphinha.
Barcelona’s offer for Kounde is expected to be around £51m.
So far this summer, Barcelona have already brought in Andreas Christensen and they are eager to sign another center-back.
Kounde’s experience of playing in LaLiga is appealing for Barcelona, while he has also been capped eleven times by France.
The 23-year-old possesses impressive pace and aerial ability, while he is an excellent reader of the game.
It has been a very busy summer for Barcelona, which has made some high-profile acquisitions despite its financial problems.
Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Franck Kessie, and Christensen have all joined the club and there could be further arrivals.