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Arsenal transfer news: Gunners get Jules Kounde response as they benefit from Chelsea departure

Arsenal have enquired about landing Barcelona’s Jules Kounde but the Spanish club has made their stance clear as a Chelsea stale stands to have financial benefits for the Gunners

Mikel Arteta is currently plotting his summer recruitment(Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsenal have been active in the market over recent summers and that trend is set to continue.

The Gunners narrowly missed out on the Premier League title but continue to head in the right direction under Mikel Arteta. They add the likes of Declan Rice and Kai Havertz last summer to bolster their own ranks and they’ve already identified areas where they can further improve.

It is understood that an out and out striker is on their wish list with Gabriel Jesus not prolific enough whilst Havertz ended up playing as a false 9 as the season went on.

Here’s the latest from the Emirates.

Gunners get Kounde answer

Arsenal have made a surprise enquiry for Barcelona’s Jules Kounde. The French defender’s versatility is seen as a key asset, but Jijantes reports that they have been told by the Spanish side that he is not for sale as things stand.

He adds that it would take a “high offer” for any deal to even be considered. Barcelona are also waiting to hear about the future of fellow defender Ronald Araujo, who is heavily linked with Manchester United. Previously Chelsea pursued Kounde hard when he was at Sevilla before he chose to move to the Nou Camp.

Kounde has a €1billion (£837m) release clause as part of contract with Barcelona which means Arsenal would need to negotiate a lower transfer fee for the defender.

Jules Kounde has a huge release clause at Barcelona

Chelsea sale results in profit

Arsenal look poised to benefit financially due to Chelsea’s imminent sale of Omari Hutchinson to Ipswich. The player had a successful loan stint at Portman Road last season, helping them land a second successive promotion and is set to return to Suffolk in a club-record deal worth £22.5m.

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