Xavi confirms Barcelona 'working on' Jules Kounde transfer

Tom Gott
Xavi is keen to add Kounde to his squad
Xavi is keen to add Kounde to his squad / Omar Vega/GettyImages

Barcelona manager Xavi has confirmed that the club are continuing to work on a deal to sign Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde.

Chelsea have an agreement over both personal terms and a £55m fee with Sevilla but Kounde continues to wait for Barcelona to make their move, prompting the Blues to begin exploring other options.

While Barcelona are yet to present a formal offer to Sevilla, they are working in the background to try and convince Kounde to make the move to Camp Nou, and Xavi remained tight-lipped when asked for a progress report.

"I feel bad, but I still can't offer any progress," he told reporters.

"The club is working to keep improving and have more competition. If we have something official to say, we will say it."

Sevilla director Monchi had been looking to arrange Kounde's departure by Monday, but the player's desire to hang on for Barcelona's offer has complicated things.

Sources close to the player have told 90min that he is keen to evaluate all the options available before making a final decision on his next move, with a switch to Chelsea by no means off the table even if Barcelona do lodge an offer.

Xavi went on to discuss his methods when it comes to convincing players to join Barcelona, insisting the allure of Camp Nou does a lot of the hard work for him.

"The greatness of the club, speaking clearly with the player, everything adds up," he said. "We are Barca and people are excited about it. This year, the word is 'illusion' - the illusion of returning to the top."

He added: "I don't compare projects. I explain things clearly: the model, the city. That's how I am. If I don't give 100%, I stay at home. I try to make them enjoy and make them feel important. It's clear that Barca helps, it's clear. Barcelona is a magnet for footballers."