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OFFICIAL: Kounde joins Barcelona on permanent deal from Sevilla

Once Jules Olivier Kounde completes a medical and signs his contract, Barcelona and Sevilla have struck an agreement on his transfer.

Speed, dedication, and quality are the hallmarks of Barca's defensive effort

On November 12th, 1998, in Paris, Jules Kounde was born. His ancestors hailed from Benin, where he was born. To begin, he began performing in modest venues on the outskirts of Bordeaux, France. At the age of 14, he passed a trial and joined the professional squad, FC Girondins de Bordeaux, in the youth divisions.

When he was just 19 years old, he made his first appearance for the first team in a French Cup match against Granville. Despite the fact that the club lost, Kounde's performance allowed him to establish himself as a key member of the Girondins defense, and he played in 18 of the team's final 19 league games.

While still in his early 20s, the young defender had already established himself as one of the best central defenders in France and Europe. This caused Sevilla to pay 25 million Euro for his talents, the most expensive acquisition for the Andalusian club at the time.

After signing for Sevilla, Kounde swiftly established himself in Julen Lopetegui's starting line-up. As it turned out, he was a member of a team that won the Europa League at season's conclusion, his first trophy in a professional career.

Because of his strong showing at the World Cup, he was selected to represent France at the European Championships last summer. He made his debut for the team in a series of warm-up games before the tournament, in which he also played. As part of the UEFA Nations League-winning team that beat Spain in the final, he became France's first ever international champion.

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Known for his speed and ability to intercept, Jules Kounde is also a good ball handler. In one-on-one situations, the French centre back, who can also play as a full back, is extremely difficult to beat and is confident in his ability to recover quickly.

Even though he stands at 178 centimeters, Kounde is an expert in the air. When it comes to fighting for balls in the air, he possesses an outstanding leap.

Aside from attacking from the back, Kounde enjoys using slide rule passes and ball carries to put pressure on his opponents. In order to join the assault, he simply leaves his position in defense and runs forward with the ball at his feet, shattering the lines in the process.

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