Kalidou Koulibaly y Jules Koundé, los dos centrales que gustan al Barça


Koundé or Koulibaly? Pros and cons of both signings

Published:24/06/2022 - 22:28h

Updated:25/06/2022 - 00:46h

Both Kalidou Koulibaly and Jules Koundé have become players of interest to FC Barcelona to reinforce their defense in the 2022-2023 season. The two are among the most 'top' central defenders on the old continent

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The FC Barcelona is very attentive to his possible incorporations for the season 2022-2023, waiting for that the club activate the sale of 49,9% of BLM and 25% of the television rights. Achieve a new central (in addition to Andreas Christensen, that is 'closed' to fault of official announcement) is one of the big aims of the Catalan entity and there are two names on the table: Kalidou Koulibaly (Naples) and Jules Koundé (Seville).

In the last hours the option of the Senegalese has taken strength because the Naples would have decided that only it would sell it to clubs that are not of the Series To, but of agreement to the most recent statements of the player of 31, his exit would not be so near: "we will lose some players, there will be changes the next season. But I know that the Naples will do of everything to be in the fight by the title", said to 'BBC Sports Africa' after being questioned on what expects the next year in the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

In Italy, however, have left to glimpse that his situation is not so clear as it seems and the Barça appears like one of his possible destination, put to the sportive direction interests him his profile and leadership in the defensive saga. It is very corpulento and strong, a factor that has helped him to be a 'rock' to the hour to brake to the rival players without the need to commit too many faults. Likewise, in the last two seasons has stood out by his skill for blocar aerial balloons and by his good exit of balloon, appearances that have not happened unobserved for the Barcelona picture.

The Barça, however, looks with distrust the fact that it finish to fulfil 31 years and can not schedule with him in his plans on a long-term basis. It would go in in the famous group of the 30, where already will have too many players, especially if they finish arriving Robert Lewandowski, Marcos Alonso, César Azpilicueta... On the other hand, the Naples will not conform with less than 40 million euros and the blaugrana would have to think it enough to be able to credit them this summer.

Koundé, the favourite of Xavi

The central of the Seville of 23 years is the big dream of the Barça for the next season. If it does a year was one of the big promises and 'jewels' in what to head offices referred , to day of today is between the most important of his position and is the elected by Xavi Hernández, although his available price is the big inconvenient (of 65 or 70 million euros). That is, precisely, the big 'against' of a player that wants to play in the Camp Nou and that it would be a strategic signing and of future for the blaugrana.

Under the orders of Julen Lopetegui in the Seville has marvelled by his big strength for the disputes of balloon, being able to add with a lot of intensity in spite of not being the central higher or corpulento. It wins a big quantity of duels, costing of his speed and stands out his aerial game, where always has showed imponente. There is those who have cataloged him like the 'new Sergio Bouquets', although it improves it.

To the culés likes them, besides, the comfort that has with the balloon, as well as his capacity to offer a line of pass to receive (so much in circulation without pressure as in a moment committed), assuming risks and daring when it is necessary. On the other hand, in the Seville has showed very able to identify when the team surpasses the line of rival pressure in contrary field to find a space and go out in driving with speed and the spherical hit to the foot.

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