Arsenal links to Barcelona star shut down despite defensive need

Barcelona are open to selling a significant portion of their squad this summer, and Jules Kounde could well come into the equation, but he will not be heading to Arsenal. The Gunners have their minds set on other targets.

The Gunners have been linked with Kounde on multiple occasions this summer, with Barcelona reportedly open to a sale if they do not secure an exit for Ronald Araujo first. Yet Matteo Moretto has informed Football España that Arsenal are not considering a move for the French defender this summer, as they close in on the signature of Riccardo Calafiori, with the fee set to be in the region of €50m.

Kounde has spent much of his Barcelona career playing right-back, and with only Julian Araujo and Hector Fort set to be on the books next season at the moment, it seems there is a good chance he is pushed out to the right side again. His form in recent months and at Euro 2024 has caught the eye though, and it would be no surprise if other teams tested the waters in hope of a bargain.

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