Jules Koundé agrees to five-year contract with Barcelona

Sevilla's Jules Kounde, right, jumps for the ball by West Ham's Pablo Fornals during the Europa League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Sevilla and West Ham at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium, in Seville, Spain, Thursday, March 10, 2022. (Angel Fernandez/AP)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — France defender Jules Koundé has agreed to sign a five-year contract with Barcelona after his transfer from Sevilla was finalized, the Catalan club said Friday.

Koundé will sign the new contract on Monday, Barcelona said, and it will include a buyout clause of 1 billion euros ($1 billion).

The agreement between Barcelona and Sevilla, which was announced on Thursday, was finalized after the center back passed a medical exam.

Neither club released the transfer fee, but it is widely reported in Spanish media that it reached 50 million euros ($50 million).

The 23-year-old Koundé is Barcelona’s third major signing this month following its sale of 25% of its Spanish league television rights for the next 25 years. It had also secured striker Robert Lewandowski and winger Raphinha for around a combined 110 million euros.

Barcelona is currently on a preseason tour in the United States. It opens the season at home against Rayo Vallecano on Aug. 13.

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