Manchester City could solve their issues at centre-back this summer as they eye up a move for Jules Kounde.
As per British media, Manchester City will look to sign Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde.
The France international only joined Sevilla from Bordeaux in 2019 for 25 million euros and his contract runs to June 2024.
The centre-back has featured in 40 matches for Sevilla last term, netting 2 goals and providing one assist in all competitions.
The 21-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in France.
Kounde has represented France at Under-20 level, winning one cap.
He will be high in demand this summer, with him having enjoyed a sublime season for Sevilla last term.
Pep Guardiola is looking to shore up his defensive options and Sevilla’s Kounde happens to be a target.
The report claims that Manchester City manager has extensively scouted Jules Kounde and is considering a move for the centre-back.
The 21-year-old has been a good servant for Sevilla, and is a centre-back who places himself in the right positions in defensive situations.
The France international will offer the Manchester City boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections.
According to the report, “Manchester City are interested in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde. City are eyeing Kounde as an alternative to Kalidou Koulibaly. The Napoli centre-back has proved difficult to lure away and now Etihad chiefs have turned their attention to Spain. The Telegraph reports that Kounde, 21, has been earmarked by Real Madrid and Barcelona as a future transfer but Pep Guardiola may swoop this window to help reinforce City’s defence. The France Under-21 international was a major part of Sevilla’s Europa League win over Inter last month and his reputation continues to rise. But his €68m release clause may prove a potential sticking point. Otamendi, who has spent over five years at the club, is reportedly being considered as a makeweight to help secure any potential deal.”
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Manchester City might have to pay over the odds to sign the centre-back.
Good signing for Manchester City?
City could benefit by signing Kounde as the centre-back is one of the areas of concern for Guardiola.
Given Jules Kounde’s talent and potential, he would be a very good signing for City in the long run.
The 21-year-old could be a good fit for Pep Guardiola’s City.
It will be interesting to see how the situation unfolds in the next few days.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.