Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Barcelona central defender Jules Kounde.
According to AS, Newcastle United wants to sign Jules Kounde from Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
The report in the Spanish publication has claimed that Premier League club Newcastle has asked about the France international, who can operate as a right-back or as a central defender.
Kounde wants to play as a center-back, but Barcelona head coach Xavi has used him mainly as a right-back this season.
The £158,000-a-week (SalarySport) 24-year-old has publicly said that he does not want to leave Barcelona, who have won the La Liga title this season.
Could Newcastle United sign Barcelona central defender Jules Kounde?
In our view, Newcastle United could struggle to sign Jules Kounde from Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
The Frenchman moved to Barcelona from Sevilla only in the summer of 2022.
Barcelona is one of the biggest clubs in the world and is a global brand, and Kounde will surely not want to leave Camp Nou after just one season.
The Barcelona no. 23 has made 26 starts and one substitute appearance in La Liga this season.
Kounde has scored one goal and provided three assists in those games.
Yes, Newcastle will play in the UEFA Champions League next season, but Barcelona does so regularly and also aim to win it.