After Tottenham's pursuit of a signing, a 69,000-a-week man was left out of the pre-season squad

After Tottenham's pursuit of a signing, a 69,000-a-week man was left out of the pre-season squad ...

Tottenham dominated the move to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, who is also a target for Barcelona, according to recent reports.

Following a move from Bordeaux in 2019, the France international has risen to prominence in Spain. Sevilla has demanded a 55 million for their No.23 club, and Chelsea is reportedly prepared to pay the sum.

Newcastle is another club interested in Kounde, but there has now been a significant development.

Julen Lopetegui has left the 23-year-old out of Sevilla's squad for the pre-season trip to Portugal, with internal discussions about selling the centre-back taking place.

Jules Kounde will not be included in Sevilla's pre-season team for their forthcoming pre-season tournament in Portugal because negotiations are still ongoing. It was already decided internally, as Sevilla are in discussions to sell him this week.

Kounde is on his way out of the Spanish camp, according to reports.

Despite Spurs' dominance in the race, Chelsea has edged ahead of them in the pursuit for the Frenchman.

After submitting an improved 55 million bid, the Blues are on the verge of signing Kounde.

With Antonio Conte still searching for a new defender, it will be interesting to see how he reacts to this news.

Conte has other options if Kounde chooses west London instead of north London.

Alessandro Bastoni, Conte's former defensive partner, is believed to be on the Spurs' radar, having scored the Serie A title against Inter Milan in the 2020/21 season.

Spurs have shortlisted another centre-back, Gleison Bremer, although the Brazilian looks likely to join Juventus.

Crystal Palace and England's Marc Guehi is also admired by Fabio Paratici, the director of football at Tottenham, giving Spurs clear alternatives to Kounde.

As Joe Rodon is desperate to leave, while Japhet Tanganga is in discussions with AC Milan, we think there might be two new arrivals.

Keep an eye on this situation, because the arrival of Koundes is likely to be apparent soon.

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